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I saw a sunbeam on my wall.
It lit up the darkened room
from a space between my curtains.
Without looking out the window
I knew it was a nice day.
It would warm my face
if I went out.
I stared at it until,
like a kind word
from a distant friend,
it cheered me up,
and I found the courage
to go outside.

Kevin Ranville

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