1-800-273-8255: a poem

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1-800-273-8255: a poem
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Illustrated by Nancy Wu

By JOHNNY LIU
Staff Writer

I sleep.
Not because I am tired
But because I want to escape,
To escape the demons I see around me
To escape the people that let them torment me.

I sleep.
Because nobody cares
Not one single person.
The world is hell.
And the brutes in the halls reign as kings.

I sleep.
I am tired of fighting,
Fighting the ocean that keeps pulling me under.
I am tired of getting up
Only to have another wave push me down.

I sleep,
to wake up from my daily nightmare.
And then I realized:
I can stay awake.

Now, I am awake, and forever asleep.

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