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


Mouth to mouth, you blew
life into the chest of the zombified young man
whorevived, air passages
newly unsealed, newly recovered from a shatteredheart

Christmas lights turned on again
inside a dismal closet;
yourepainted hope and faith in his mind.

His heart slowly repairs itself,piece by piece
with fasteners of all kinds:
glue, cement and ducttape
make his heart whole again but
weight with fear of being
droppedonce more.

He's standing up in his coffin,
brushing off the past,looking
with wide white eyes: happiness
for what is tocome.

Shaking clumps of sob-filled memory
like earth out hishair,
he tears the calluses off his soul,
for now his heart
has beenspoken to again.






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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