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he abandoned her

when his only duty

was to stay.

unprepared failures could pave

her first steps, and

mistakes could fill

the toy chest

and it would be her perfect love,

but he had to be present

to know the sound of her silence

and determine it pain,

or feel his day light because of her laughter.

he abandoned her

when his only duty was to stay.

it broke her, brought her fears,

trust issues of turned backs.

she closed doors, without looking back.

it broke her. it broke them-

the people who loved her

and saw her turn her back.

he abandoned her

when his only duty

was to stay.

now she’s becoming like you –

like you, she’s an athlete,

with the sport of walking away.

(like you)

-Allison Ryder

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