Perceiving Reality This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   "Let 'em stare," he says as he grasps my hand firmly.

"Let 'em talk," as he comforts me with his loving, familiar smile.

"Let 'em think what they want," he whispers close to my ear, which he kisses.

"They aren't worth it," he tells me again, as we take our seats.

I look to see all the blank stares and meaningless smiles. I hear the familiar, obnoxious

giggles. A smile captures my lips, he's right.




This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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