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Describe an event from your childhood, without using the word "childhood."
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one.
in a purple friendship booklet
dated back to fifth grade,
a question:
the kind of secret you never tell?
&lightly penciled in:
"a big secret"--

a secret so big that
it is buried below a mess
of pink hair ribbons
and lime knee socks
that litter her bedroom floor,
until her shining golden guns
corrode into piles of dirty rust

when she depends upon moments of solace
to find space to breathe;
when remembrance would cost everything,
she can't afford to lose;
when nothing comes
except the silence.

two.
lurking beneath shadows
darkness of the night
creaking foot in the doorstep
nerves falling, shattered
breaking on the face of the ground
sure to be heard by ears
that belong on a face
that controls movement of a hand
that crawls under the blankets
and finds its way down
            down
                       down
                                    down
until prizes unavailable in cash
are found in a treasure trove.

but this is not a game of pirates
and arrr! matey, never comes
from gaping lips that part
because this is a game of
daddy plays dirty games
and daddy gets what daddy wants
until there is nothing left here
but this little
            tiny
                       hollow
                                    body
and fingers are raised to disgusting lips,
and promises are made
to never

ever

tell.
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