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This Child
By Paige Akers
Genre: Poetry Level: Elementary 4-6
Year: 2005 Category: Bell Benton Memorial Poetry Award

This child
hides behind a wall of fear
With shattered heart
and unstoppable pain
Her hazel eyes
have grown dim.

This child
cannot smile.
All that crosses her face
are tears rolling
down her bruised cheek.
She wants to be loved
to have a home,
but nobody's there.

She walks in circles
with no place to go,
darkened windows
stealing her gaze.

Unrescued, alone,
she dares to dream.
About the Author: Paige Akers attends Taku Elementary School in Anchorage, AK

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