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

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I brush my hair back,
Smudging a cheek
With dried earth and sweat.
I dig in
To be rewarded with a pill bug,
Curling under the threat
Of my sharp weapon.
The wind ruffles my hair
As I cover the new crack,
Keeping him safe:
One less casualty.
Drinking sour lemonade,
I toast the weeds
That remained untouched;
My back arches under the sharp threat of the sun.


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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