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Unrestrained” omitted from Blue Lines
K.S. 5/20/2000

your eyes were the first thing I saw
slanted and your gaze hazed
braids and your continued stares intrigued me
then you pressed
death and pain left my heart chained
but you hid your pain
your soft voice and sudden stares
your heart became aware, but like that you were gone

you entered again
blind gazes took you past
until you realized who I was
the meaning I gave you
and the joy I brought your heart
we stood to talk for hours
black & mild within grasp
gone from my life was sorrow
for you I should take that chance

but my life…confusion

emotions brought to an apex
your heart and mine
I would smile just to see you
Watch you
Listen to you

But in an instant you were gone
without you.

The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.