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Honorable Mention: But I Did Not Die:

October 13, 2018

Your hands clenched my neck

My breath escaped in a sigh

Lungs grasped for air, you did not care

But I did not die


You beat me to a pulp

Stifling my begging cry

Punched and kicked, scratched and bit

But I did not die


You refused to feed me

Though food was always in supply

My body grew weak, I could not speak

But I did not die


You steered towards traffic poles

My life flashed before my eyes

You aimed to crash the car at last

But I did not die


You pointed a knife at me

Daring me to defy

Your taunting threat in a cold sweat

But I did not die


You crushed me under your weight

And I soared away to the sky

Fled your touch, it was all too much

But I did not die


Oh, you threatened to kill me

Your smile crooked, awry

I shook and hid, for years I did

But I did not die


And now, I live without fear

Inimitable, invincible, alive

Joy over pain, I begin again

For now, I cannot die



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