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I ran so far

Updated on January 29, 2013

I remember waking up

to the smell of bacon and eggs

daddy was cooking breakfast again

walking to the next room

I went to wake up my sister

but she was nowhere

to be found

I ran outside

but she wasn't there

so I ran back inside

searched every room

but still

I could not find her

I ran to the kitchen

where daddy was getting the table set

my sisters plate


I said daddy daddy

where's Laura?

'she won't be joining us



I don't understand

'Well my son

let me tell you something

you know I've always loved both of you

but your sister

didn't listen

I told her
to pick up her things

but she refused

leaving everything


when I told her to be home by eight

she was always late

my son

she never did anything she was told

but you

I can trust you

you've been loyal...'


where's Laura?

'Let me show you

my beloved son'

that's when daddy took me to a room

I've never been in before

down in the basement

behind the water heater

a trap door


what is this place for?

pulling back the curtains

I looked in horror

the tears broke

I puked

I trembled and shook

my sister

was burning

her hands tied

skewed like a chicken

over a raging fire

she was screaming

oh god

I can still hear it





'this is what happens

when you disobey me

don't worry

she can't see you

I built this machine long ago

and if all goes well

she'll be burning for a hundred years more'

I remember running

I ran so far

I ran so fast

and they wonder

why I don't go back

to the house

with a cross

and steeple


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    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      6 years ago from MidWest

      epigramman! Hello again :) Thanks so very much! It's been awfully cold here too, in midwest usa... around 11 degrees F the other day... Me thinks you should fly south like the canadian geese :) appreciate you time and kind words my friend

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      6 years ago from MidWest

      Gypsy Rose... Love the name :0 Thanks so much... appreciate you coming along for the journey... :) i think this piece helps put 'hell' into a better perspective... too often people throw that word around so loosely..,. I remember a few years ago.. a woman drowned all of her children, because she was afraid they would go to hell...

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      6 years ago from MidWest

      epigramman... thanks so much my friend... that means alot to me! being raised roman catholic then attending a baptist church school for several years.. I've had my share of fire and brimstone... some sects of christianity will say that we are all a bunch of losers... wretches... not worthy of Gods love... but isn't every child deserving of their parents love? Thank you again,.. I hope you are well

    • epigramman profile image


      6 years ago

      Can't get this one out of my head so I am back to revisit a classic.

      lake erie time ontario canada 6:10am home from work on one of the coldest nights of the year

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Fantastic and scary. Something out of those old Hollywood movies. You tell it well.

    • epigramman profile image


      6 years ago

      Well Sir Wolf you are making the epi-man proud and making him damned excited too with your most awesome write and a very brave and courageous write too - thank you Eric , sincerely , for one of my favorite hub readings of all time - and yes it played out like a movie in my cinematic mind - I love the narrative quality here and it's something as you know I do a lot in my own writing - but this is very inspiring to the Epi-man - this piece is thrilling and chilling and that makes you a very special writer/poet in my lucky eyes - sending you warm wishes from an almost full moon over my lake at lake erie time 12:39am ontario canada and Lon Chaney Jr. just drove by - yikes

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      6 years ago from MidWest

      Thanks blaise.. haha... would make a good short film i think :) Yeah... thanks for that, cause that's all I really wanted to do, was for people to think about it... if a parent were to burn their children we would call them evil.. if a parent were to lock their children in a closet... we call them wicked... so in the end, I have to conclude that God's love is greater than us humans... one reason why karma makes alot of sense to me... reaping what you sow... without the eternal flames :)

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      6 years ago from MidWest

      Thanks so much Debbie... I'm a recovering right wing christian fundamentalist :) In the end, i believe we are all Gods' children.... and like the sun, God shines his love and light on everybody...

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      6 years ago from MidWest

      Hey Mhatter... appreciate that... looking forward to your new poem :) for me this poem was to drive a point home, because the word hell is thrown around so loosely today, that the only way to really grasp it, is to see it...

    • blaise25 profile image

      Fehl Dungo 

      6 years ago from close to you...

      So that what happens to not being loyal? haha This is like a very good trailer. It made me think...

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh My this story grabbed me and held me with every word. and left me so devastated. in the end..

      I am amazed

      voted up


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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. You're going to love "Lost Forever", coming soon.


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