April 22, 2002
This week, we are launching twelve stories written by students from The Learning Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. As a special event you can read some of the stories as well as hear them, with the audio player.
The Learning Centre is a community-based adult literacy and education program in Edmonton, Alberta. Whether we are drawn to the Centre to learn to write, to tutor reading, to facilitate, coordinate or do research, learning is at the centre of what we do.
The following poem was written by Lillian Gallant. Lillian is originally from PEI. She lived in Ontario for 18 years before moving to Edmonton in 1979. She is a mother of seven children, a grandmother of 14 and she just became a great grandmother. Lillian says she has a lot of blessings in her life, including The Learning Centre.
Play an audio version of this story
No keys for the doors.
The windows are locked.
No way out.
I hear keys jingle down the hall.
Screaming, yelling, fighting.
What a horrible sound.
I can't wait to get out of this hellhole
that I put myself in.
Nightmares at night.
Scared all the time of
being raped or stabbed.
What a horrible place.
Hard to fall asleep.
So tired all of the time.
I've been out now over thirty years.
And I have a great life.