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When you answered my question

even though it broke

your tough-boy veneer

I broke too

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I knew

the best I could do

was to let you believe

your veneer was only scatched

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but I’d seen your sweetness

and ached for your shame

I’d certainly never want

to be twelve again

***

I’ve been that cruel sister

and the tender innocent

too, like you –

how I wish I could make your journey easier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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