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CRUSHED

Robin Gericke, 16

The little girl hands me a piece of paper.
I see that she tried hard to make an origami swan.
She proudly smiles as if it were a perfectly cut diamond.
But I see it for what it is: a sloppy piece of art.
What do I do with something so worthless?
I crumple it up and throw it away.
Her face falls, and soon the tears follow
as if her heart were broken.
Her perfect creation,
taken for nothing and crushed.
I watch as the girl sneaks away to purge the food she needs to live.
I see the boy hide the scars on his wrists, scars that never heal.
I listen as my child,
my beautiful, perfect creation,
calls herself worthless.
Why does she believe such a lie?
No! I love you! There is hope! Please don’t do this!
Her light is crushed and thrown away.
My heart
is broken,
and my tears
fall.

—from devozine (September/October 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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