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DEBORAH TAPPER: Lily’s Magic Crayons


Lily draws Happy Mommy first. Happy Daddy. Happy Lily. Adds flowers, sun, house – all smiling. She folds the Happy picture, makes a wish. Hides it under her pillow while her parents fight downstairs, screaming insults and anger. Still young enough to believe in magic. And not too old to hope.


Deborah writes at an old desk surrounded by five hundred pet bugs.

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