Twilight Dawn is a label that requires confidence

My grandmother knew better than to give that name to a child whose voice already fluttered like a nervous curtain

A glowing red alias that would embarrass this quiet child to ash

Cooler, sober heads prevailed

Grandma branded me after herself

Maybe it was delusions of grandeur or simply the desperate desire to stay alive

I thank her for keeping the indignity of such a label that bore no resemblance to its potential wearer

I thank her for an elegant name

She is still alive everytime I write, say or hear

Sarah Joan

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