Close Your Eyes

"Close your eyes."

Mama only uttered 

Three words.

Three impossible words.

I had not told her.

How could I?

She comforted me

Before I slept,

Brushing hair out of my eyes,

A ritual she had performed

Since I was two.

I had asked her to stop before,

But she never would.

I could close my eyes,

But I could not sleep.

The End

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