We forgot to sleep

They stormed in,
flashlights shine in our faces.
They mumbled,
eager to disgrace us.
We were terrified,
but followed orders.

She wouldn’t listen to them.
She didn’t care.
While she drank and laughed,
taunted and stared.
They took her away.
Abuse of power.

Across the street
there were blankets on the floor.
We could stay the night,
though our souls could take no more.
And we wondered what would
become of us

I lie awake
and contemplate
my very next move.
What am I to do?
I roll over and look at you,
your eyes were glazed,
glossy with fears,
constraining all our tears,
hope that no one hears.

We looked around.
No peace was found.
We did not make a sound.
My memory will always keep
the night we forgot to sleep.

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