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  • Desiree Kleberg


The large scoreboard

read to the crowd. 4th quarter,

2 seconds left. Dribble,

dribble, shoot, miss.

The final buzzer sounds

but the soundlessness in

the gym is undeniable.

The opposing team lines up

to shake hands. Victorious.

Then they leave shortly after

to celebrate and cheer.

The home team

shattered and

broken walks

heavily to the locker


Not one word is uttered as

the silence of defeat

somehow screams disgust

and disappointment.

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