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A Stranger

A Poem

Not My Photo. Free Image on Canva

I could lay no more

in the sharp grass of Grand Ledge.

Instead, I occupied a blanket,

in a crowd of chairs, positioned like

a firing squad,

all aiming at me.


As the high school band

played their ominous lullabies,

any trace of people faded.

Becoming a ghost,

I roamed this deserted town,

the only sound my echoed footsteps.


When I arrived home,

my summer was full of

dog walks at high noon,

laughing at old home videos,

Mom’s freshly cooked meals.

Then, Grand Ledge invaded.


I was a prisoner.

My bed was empty, empty,

transforming into something foreign,

and familiar walls became

eyes, always watching, staring.

A stranger in my own home.

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Gabby Cushman
Gabby Cushman

I am a professional writing student at Michigan State University, but creative writing has always been my passion. I mainly write poetry and fiction, but dabble in creative nonfiction and essays as well. Thank you for checking out my work!

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