Redeem the Gifts of Childhood

By Sydney Avey

Open the lid
let me out
I am the talent that wanted to shout
down the ages; I struggled to breathe
on a cold plain in Kansas
a dance hall in Queens
too soon surrendered
and boxed up in dreams
in an old trunk of treasures
lost in the beams
of an attic torn down
with the house on the lane
where we can never go again.


Sydney Avey lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Yosemite, California, and the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a lifetime of experience writing news for non-profits and corporations. Her work is featured or forthcoming in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine and American Athenaeum. Sydney blogs at on topics related to relationships, legacy, faith, and the writing life. Her novel, “The Sheep Walker,” is due out from Chalfont House in 2014.

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