Hide and Seek You crouch in a small, dim space, too cramped for the laughter
That bounces off the walls and echoes in your ears
Before finding a crack to slink smugly out of,
Leaving you alone.
As the steps grow closer, you hold your breath.
Screaming, your heartbeat struggles and strives to give you away.
But the mutiny fails, and the shadow slips away.
The steps fade into silence until you’re alone once more.
The pain clutching your heart must be a punishment
Subconsciously prescribed for its treachery.
But what then did your stomach do to deserve being hurled to the ground?
Victory tastes bitter when you’re alone with your disloyal heart.
Everyone wants to be found.
[TABLE OF CONTENTS, LHS CLASS OF 2013 EDITION]
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