I Took the Time
Anika, Age 15, Miami, FL
I took the time
to think of you today,
and in my mind, I painted the skies an azure blue
even though ours are a dark and foreign gray.
I took the time to listen to my heart,
and I heard it say to go back to you.
Then I thought of how you'd carefully built your rampart.
I took the time to mull over us,
and I remembered how happy we used to be
before the flowers had died and the soil had dried to dust.
I took the time to build us a boat,
and I planned we'd sail in it: you and me-
just another attempt at keeping us afloat.