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Alicia Cook

Toms River, NJ, United States


In October, Alicia Cook was prominently featured on the documentary NJTV series Here's the Story. The episode, entitled A Family Disease, focused on addiction's Direct effect on families. To view the documentary click here


"Dear God"
by Alicia Cook

Lucid moments with her
are fewer
and far between.
She is,
but I’m not,
forgetting who she used to be.

God tell me, what to do
when you lose a person who
is still standing in front of you.

Dear God,
please don’t take her
away from me.
There is still so much in life
she has yet to see.
Like true love,
nephews and nieces—
and things with time
like old-age-creases.

Dear God please,
allow her just
one more turn
to take back her life and learn
that she is here for a reason—
that this cold weather
is nothing but a passing season.

Show her clearer days
could be found ahead;
but none of this is possible
if she is first found dead.

God you have shown me
the Devil lives
in this powder;
and if you can’t hear my plea,
I promise to pray louder.

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