Why I Left Her in the Tower

Diana Beltran December 12, 2017
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    She didn’t understand why
    I left her in the tower.
    Sometimes I had to lie
    About why she had to cower.
    I told her about the scary men,
    Waiting for her to like predators do prey
    But then she was sixteen when
    She decided to disobey.

    I wanted to protect her
    Protect her from the truth
    A truth that can be so very hurtful
    So hurtful that it would rob her from her youth.
    “Mama, can I please go outside?”
    Were words that resonated within me
    “No my dear, can’t you see?
    It is very dangerous I guarantee.”

    I never decided to tell her the truth
    For I knew others would bother
    And make fun of her robotic looks.
    They will make stories of how I was an evil mother
    And didn’t let my daughter out,
    But what I was trying to seal
    Something they will never understand,
    Was the fact that she wasn’t even real.

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