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by Ronda Ann Chatley

Despair, anger, lonliness, sorrow 
Haunt my today and darken my tomorrow. 

Deeper into the pit I fall 
Grasping to a silkspun wall 
Can no one hear my desperate call? 

Oh what temptation to run, to flee 
To hide behind the mask that used to be me 
Yet can never be again. 

© Ronda Ann Chatley, 2001