The Young Actress







She’s small, as they say, for her age.

She’s four-foot-eight though she’s twelve

years watching this whole world revolve

around the red sun.

                                She’s on stage

each day when at school or at home.

Her voice screeches loudly, can fill

her classroom and on down the hall.

She’s always the one in the gym

whose laugh or whose cry will resound

and reverberate as they play.

She screamed when she thought that she saw

a stranger beneath a large mound

of bedclothes in her parents’ room.

She took off one flip-flop and struck

her napping grandfather.  The smack

was heard by everyone home.

The parents said she should have run

outside–and then called 9-1-1…



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