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This poem was submitted for the "Poetry for the Mind's Joy" project and is reproduced here with permission from the author. All rights reserved. Poetry for the Mind's Joy is Poet Laureate Kay Ryan's project that includes a community college poetry contest administered by the Community College Humanities Association and a lively videoconference.

The Night
Breathes life
Into the souls of the ungrateful
Darkness
Like the swollen belly
Of an expectant mother
Alone
It burns the edges
Of a once empty mind
Pain
Like the sticky fingers
Of a greedy child
Colors
Dancing behind the closed eyelids
Of a wandering heart
Sleepless

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