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I grew up in shadows, a world of black and white I learned how to tiptoe before I could crawl be careful, be careful if you cry,  if you speak,  if you breathe while Daddy is angry,  he will take a match to your baby skin  and smile as he sets you on fire  tip toe  hold your breath  crawling  breathing living  can wait years passed  before I found out sunlight existed  but once the curtains fell from the walls I found out love doesn’t have to break you it took time for my adult body  to learn the things I hadn’t been taught as a child confidence empowerment freedom I didn’t take my first steps  until I turned 30  but now I coach runners  who win the Olympics  because I am whole I moved out of my corner  in childhood’s hell  to the heaven of my destiny I remember the winter  but bask in July’s radiance  all year long my home  is a kaleidoscope  of colors  deep breaths  floor to ceiling windows of never ending light

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