Lingering Thoughts
Jane, Age 14, Ashburn, VA

What torture lurks within a single thought
An expectation, a notion, a dream
What had started as a spark
Will grow into a fiery inferno
Now it cannot be halted in its tracks
For it has etched itself into your being
No matter how hard you try
It remains intact, unscathed

There is a sliver of hope
that it will be forgotten
Like a wish at the bottom of a well
But you mustn't dwell on this now
Because only waiting will reveal
If it will ever be lost
to the winds of time
This lingering thought...

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