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Let me tell you something.

I’ll only say it once.

I won’t repeat myself.

Even if you’ve heard

the words before,

listen carefully.

I went into darkness and

silence was there.

Total darkness and

total silence.

Brothers and sisters

of the same mother

and the same father.

My next of kin.

I heard the words

“I love you,”

and the words

“Do not be afraid,”

though nothing

interrupted the darkness

or the silence.

I heard the words

and repeated

what I learned.

“I love you,” I said.

“I will not be afraid.”

If the light comes

I will be grateful.

If not, I’ll find

my way.

If more words

come, I’ll be educated,

but if not

I’ll know anyway.