My Pleading Prayer This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.


Hedid not choose
a snapping turtle
for a pet
and I will not lose
and Iwill not let
another day pass
without learning to swim
My concentrationkettle suppresses
a boiling appetite
a smiling steam
and his voiceundresses
and his touch redeems
a hungry anger
is never full
I'llthrow a nosebleed hissy fit
unfounded, though it will not quit
And even asI sleep
it refuses to rest
And even as I kill
it refuses to die
Hedid not sin
to deserve a taste
so bitterly strange
and I will notwin
and I will not change
unless I learn to control
thisdependency
My pleading prayer
for your coriander
your bergamot
And Iwish I could adore all
And I wish I could adore all
to awaken myeucalyptus
my peppermint
I think it was his innocence
that chose to facemy consequences
but I am grateful
with all that I am
to be a snappingturtle.



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

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the May 2002 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.






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