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POETRY: No Matter What
Ari Hilliard, 17
Mariposa, California

Beaten and abused
Alone and confused
Not knowing what to do with her life
Blinded by all the strife
All her hope is gone
Not wanting to be around for next dawn
All the love she once had from them
Has been taken back now
She still does not know why or how
But what she does know
Is that when you bear a child
No matter how crazy, how wild
She will never leave them on their own
Never to throw them out in the cold
No matter what they will always have me to hold
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(FCYU-2016-07-30b)

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