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Newspapers by Cheri Amey
published in Volume 5, Issue 3 on September 1st, 1998

My sister & I used old dried out
paintbrushes and white-wash
on the walls of the tiny
building behind our rented house
we swept out chicken
droppings we cleaned
windows thick with grime we
were 10 and 9 years
old our young
hearts already leading us
to freedom I
found mine stuffed in cracks
between the boards of the walls in
that one-room hideaway
old newspapers yellow and brittle
I carefully pried them out &
opened them slowly holding
my breath to prevent them
from tearing, my keen
interest in reading, my
fascination with the past connected to
those wrinkled

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