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Tania Khan, My Sister

By Sara Khan

I know a girl not far from me

In fact, right across the hall;

Though she is deaf and cannot hear

She receives every hummingbird's call.

She is blind and cannot see

Yet, she knows nearly everything:

Everywhere, everyone, every fly, every hum

She knows a lot, yet cannot speak, she holds it all, and then retreats.

I know a girl not far from me

In fact, right across the hall;

She uses her hands to communicate

And seems to find it not hard at all.

This girl I know not far from me,

just happens to be my sister

People find it hard to believe,

and the thought of it makes them quiver

I laugh and smile all the while, yet,

I mind that people stare

She is a human being. Like all of us.

Yes, that girl, who is quite near