Candlelight curtains filled the bay window,
there were evergreen trees
and the house was as white as an ice floe.
Inside was a father who buried himself in his work,
a mother whose everything stopped at the walls,
a girl who said Nothing,
when asked what was wrong,
and outside, the evergreens, silent as snow.
sat two rows over and we passed notes in class.
It was Friday and
tomorrow was matinee day.
father worked overtime behind a closed door,
the mother buried herself in an ice-colored room.
girl who said Nothing,
said, Sorry can't go,
the evergreens, silent, looked down at their shoes.
My yard had oak trees.
My world had tomorrows.
people said fireworks, some people said backfire.
On Monday, the desk
two rows over was empty.
who say for the sake of the children,
a heartbeat everything stopped at the walls.
the evergreens, silent as snow.,