Black Ribbon

Children's Hour

Colorado 1999 / Virginia 2007

Trench coats do not create terror
Pierced lips do not create terror
Even Marilyn Manson
Does not create terror

locked inside your heart
where no one can hear you scream
is terror

Not even the internet
Not even the guns
Not even the swastikas
Create terror

Pain that doesn't
have an end
that eats silently away inside
becomes a black hole
unrecognized by all averted eyes
a non-event horizon
you slip across
to spend forever
sliding down

Terror is not born in talk of guns.
Terror is born in silence.

© Anitra L. Freeman

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