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   One memory I have from fifth grade is this:

Teasing a rather tall, obese girl named Shawn-t"

On the playground during recess.

I remember suddenly being chased by her,

The air being forced out of my lungs.

I remember finally giving up,

My efforts all in vain,

My feet skidding underneath me as

Shawn-t" thrust her entire body forward,

Knocking me face first into the pavement.

I remember the stinging scrapes on my face and

The severe throbbing of the two-inch cut in my hand.

Most of all I remember

The incredibly raw sensation of the needle and thread

Sewing a jagged trail to recover the bone in my palm

At the emergency room that night,

And, as I look down at my searing cut

That has a leftover rock lodged in it,

I can still smell the dizzying aroma

Of cleaning products down the hall,

Five years after it all happened.




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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