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darkness fills all the spaces

she looks, he looks, they look at each other
he wishes he could write a song that feels like this.

hands made useless by a trembling weight

she said it loud, the same sound over and over, a whole story in one word ignored. no.

A dead child's teddy bear

is staring at her through the bars, little ducks in a halo over it
she wonders if this is hell.

he lifts his visor

looking down at the shine of Earth, he watches it fade like a smile,
half remembered and sad at the edges.

you keep her voice on your phone

memorize the sounds you never heard when she was alive,
forever sorry it took this to hear them.

Kate LaDew is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in Studio Art.

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