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Caitlin Canavan O'Driscoll

Music is the medicine of the mind

I like to sing along to 7 Rings,
When Mom and Dad are crying downstairs,
Over unpaid bills and adult things.
I ignore how only one of my earphones blares.
The other is frayed and silent.
I can feel the bitter chill when the oil runs out
And I can hear when the landlord comes by and things get violent,
The slam of his scrunched fists on the table and the scariness of his
“Lashes and diamonds, ATM machines,”
I wish I could pretend I knew what she meant,
Since cold nights on the street aren’t just in my dreams.
We have no home because we couldn’t pay rent.
Now I don’t want to be a millionaire.
I just want my home back, so I don’t have to be scared.

Author: Caitlin Canavan O’Driscoll.
Award: Overall Winner.
School: Mount Saint Michael, Rosscarbery.
Teacher: Sheila Jennings.