Horticulture With Grace This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.


Gracie'shands -
shedding skin
like a snake in an oasis.
She picks tulips
ofmarmalade petals
that grow in toastedsand.
          - Her fingeris like a vermilion volcano.

Through dirt -
Gracie's fingersscavenge
like worms in foreign places.
She plants seeds in
soil thatcatches
the sun in itschasms.
          - Acrimson color surfaces like an explosion

Gracie's hands
are ivorywhite
with dew and dirt
like a drained puddle.
She waters theground
and waits for asign.
          - Lava likea stoplight crosses her knuckle.

A bitter breeze
batters littleleaves
as she plucks dandelions
that never blow away.
She strangles theweeds
that grow likethorns,
          - But itwas the rose that pricked her finger.

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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