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Saturday, November 13, 2010

For my Student who Escaped Abuse

Whaddya do when you have a student
who’s domestically abused? Do you give
extra time, extra credit, a real chance
for her to have a good future, to leave
him by her books, her studies, and her brains?

I watch her as she gathers her backpack,
laughs lightly with a shadow in her eyes.
The others joke around while happy
messages spark from their hearts and smiles.

She’s got her own style to pass time, count
down to freedom, peaceful nights, studying
without fear, suspicions, keeping a low
profile. Each lecture she learns a new
device to write her way to dignity.

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