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A young girl
was asked to become an adult
before her time
to care for a child
not her own
and to take on responsibilities
she could not handle
trying to replace
a loved one,
finding it difficult
until she was told
not to
and yet she kept trying
to face the world
without tears or fear
happiness a simple mask
but it was not to be
for she still had time
to be treated as a youth
instead of the adult she tried to be

Katie Templeton


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