THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 349


filled the halls
as teachers tried to round up
their students.
I stood in an emptying hall,
debating whether
this fire alarm
signaled a drill or whether
a real fire burned
somewhere in the school.
I decided to be safe
and walk outside,
although I stayed far away
from my class.
I eluded those who called my name.
I turned aside from my classmates,
pretended I was invisible,
and blended in with the scuffed walls
and kicked-in lockers.
Being alone was safe.
It always had been.
I did not need to hear
any more gossip today.

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