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  Leigh's Poem

2:00 AM
A cry
Covers thrown off the bed
Footsteps
Faster and Faster
Racing to the bathroom
Across the hall

"Mom. What's wrong ... Is she going to be okay?"
She's sick
Again.

Needle
To her finger
Blood droplet forms
A red bead
Resting on her pale white skin.

"She's 504.
We'll to have to go,
Once more."
They leave me.

I
Begin
To cry.

Tears
Roll down my face.
I sit
And ask myself,
"Why Her?
What did she do?
Why couldn't I
Have gotten diabetes
Instead?"

I miss her,
While she's there.
The thought
Of what happens
At the hospital
Scares me,
For her.

The IVs,
The shots,
The finger pricks...
And she never seems afraid.
I don't know how
She does it.

I'd do anything
To make it go away.
But
There's nothing one can do
But pray.

Leigh is 14 1/2. Her sister Lauren, age 10, has diabetes. Lauren recently carried the Olympic torch. Leigh and her family receive e-mail at moiramcc [at] adelphia.net.

Published February 3, 2002



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