That body they pulled from the river

That body they pulled from the river

was once full of smiles and mischief

dancing, laughing and full of life

 

That body they pulled from the river

was so young

How did she get there?

She doesn’t belong in the river, in the city…

That body they pulled from the river

is someone’s best friend

someone’s auntie

someone’s niece

someone’s neighbor

someone’s classmate

someone everyone knows…

 

A missing person

A body pulled from the river

A news story

A memory

 

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Freedom?

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Freedom?

She questions the very thought

Free, to do

exactly…

what?

She sits and ponders

wonders and thinks

What change of life

could this “freedom”

bring

A status change

a new address

The stress is no more

yet

no less

“Freedom.”

She lets the word roll off her tongue

She has yet to decide

She has only just begun