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Holly England


Your arms

were the safest place in the world

I could have lived in them



They protected against the hurling lies


They sheltered from the cold reality of the world

Tightly you held me

When I needed more love

Even when you didn’t understand

You quieted my doubts

and caressed my sorrows away

You surrounded me with love

So that I dreamt of only you

Now that you’re gone

I’ve found my strength

I fight away the lies

And shield the cold

I can handle the doubts

And the sorrow is never as bad

As the pain you inflicted

When you tore yourself from my side

But I still miss the comfort

I found in your arms

Motivation: Holly finds inspiration in real life circumstances

Bio: Holly England recently started writing and is new to the publishing world. She lives in Virginia though originally from Maryland.

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Editor: Pamela Tyree Griffin

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