~*~ Silent Tears ~*~

Silent Tears
by Ashley

He was a husband
and she--a wife

She was a mother
and he--a father
and SHE
was a child
SHE
was a daughter.

SHE asked her mother
to help her finger-paint
but she was cleaning the crayon from the walls.
SHE tried to tell her father
about what the bully did at recess
but he was working on a new case.

SHE asked her mother
to help her study spelling
but she was hurrying to fix dinner.
SHE tried to show her father
her straight-A report card
but he pushed it aside for his taxes.

SHE tried to talk to her mother
about this boy she really liked
but she was busy washing dishes.
SHE wanted her father
to meet her new boyfriend
but he was called to the office.

SHE wanted her mother
to help her find the perfect prom dress
but she had to clean house for company.
SHE wanted to kiss her daddy
goodbye--before she left for prom
but he had to work late that night.

SHE...

killed herself

and NO ONE
was there.

A moment...
A dream...
A future...

FROZEN...
in TIME.

He came home that night
and sat to read his stocks.

She returned home from the dry cleaners
with her daughter's beautiful dress.

and SHE...
lie upstairs--DEAD...
and NO ONE
noticed.

They called her for dinner
and NO ONE
came.

They ate ALONE
in SILENCE...

SHHHH...

"SILENCE IS GOLDEN."

SHHHH...

The room was SILENT
when the shot was fired.

Her tears were SILENT
falling from her empty eyes.

Her screams were SILENT
as they finally escaped--

and her parents--
were SILENT.

They went to sleep--
a soundless sleep
not knowing
that she was dead.

OH! How gruesome
and brutal!
is SILENCE!!

SHHHH...

Her funeral
was on a Saturday--
a dreary,
rainy,
Saturday.

He talked on his cell to a client--
while she thought about what plates to get
for the Fourth of July celebration.

and SHE...
was buried...
in SILENCE...

SHHHH...

into the dark,
cold,
earth.

NO ONE
said a word.

SHHHH...

He was a husband--crying
in SILENCE.

SHHHH...

She was a wife--crying
in SILENCE

for a child who died--
in SILENCE.

He is a father--crying
in SILENCE.

SHHHH...

She is a mother--crying
in SILENCE

for a daughter who now lay
in SILENCE.



A husband          ...          A father

A wife             ...          A mother

                A daughter

              all are FROZEN...
                in SILENCE.

© AMP, 2002

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