Can You Hear Me?

by Oneal Walters

I remember sleeping at home
Under the covers, scared of the dark.
I remember my parents not being home
Not coming to rescue me from the darkness.
I love my parents, they did what they had to do.
Their employees expected them to work
So they were not available to protect me.
I was left home alone.
I remember playing with friends till real late,
I remember playing video games on the fourth,
Seventh and of course on the twelfth floor.
The twelfth floor was my floor.
I remember running from the bedroom door
Through the darkness and then into my bed,
With my head under my covers.
I was afraid of the dark.
I remember hearing knocks on the door
When I was home alone.
I still remember my dad's words,
Don't open the door when no one is with you,
        Anything can happen.
I remember this fear acting out within me,
As the knocks repeated, as the sound pounded.
I vividly saw myself moving away from the door.
Being afraid of what was behind this large door.
I love my parents, they did what they had to do.

Message: If a child speaks and no one is there
to hear him, he will not be heard. Can You Hear Me?
was about being home alone. It's about having a
fear and there was no one there to help me with it.
It's about understanding the past and respecting
those that provided for you. For Parents: Life has
responsibilities that need to be taken care of.
What are the consequences of your life's

Can You Hear Me? by Oneal Walters

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