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The Saddest Place

It’s grand on the outside, dark and silent within

Large windows, blank
Inside-
Lonely figures
Faces shuttered

Hanging frames everywhere with laughing faces
Couches are bare
Joy is frozen on the walls
Who dares to laugh here?
A place of shattered dreams, loss, and grief

All who enter tiptoe through. Taking care not to disturb the grieving.

For it is forever etched on faces and on this shell that was once a home.

Time passes. The lines grow deeper. The silence thickens. Steps slow.

Then, there is a little girl. She does not know that this is the saddest place, a place where one mustn’t smile with their eyes at all.

Her coat is red, her curls are soft. And when she laughs, it is a sprinkling of stars.

It seems so wrong.

Eyes are twinkling at this bright spot of color.

And she doesn’t know it, does she? But she’s just planted seeds of life

Dvora Phillip
Dvora Phillip
Words, space, art. And children. Anything children.

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