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

Sitting on the table violently attacked by the sun
I am showered withits brilliant reflection
Like a cubical room with the windows in place ofwalls
Filled with diamonds at noon on a hot summer day
Octagonal with tightedges hugging
A disproportionate stop sign
Standing high and proud on arewarding base
A trophy of archives stashed in my head
In the middle, twoengraved creatures float flawlessly
Green in color with black dots mixedin
They stare wide-eyed with a constant glare
Above these creatures sittheir names
Engraved with a marshmallow color
Only found spread out on abirthday cake
Savored by all that indulge
Below, a radiant collage of neonleaves
Brings my creatures to life
In loving memory of my first twofrogs
Kermit and Jumpy will always be remembered by
This personal piece ofart I hold so dear.
I owe my lifelong love and obsession for frogs
Tothese two amphibians that swept me off my feet
As I walked down the cruddyaisles of the local pet store.
The store showed me nothing but dirt anddust
Yet an outrageous bomb of beauty attacked me from
A tank a couple feetup.
The beauty came home with me that night
And transformed into a lovenever before felt.
One year later this familiar love left me.
A hot summerday
A bedroom with no air conditioning
Two frogs floatedupside-down
Their white bellies staring sadly at me
The heat had engulfedthem with no despair to be found.

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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