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   I'm walking quickly down a deserted street.

I didn't check the sign, and it's all very unfamiliar.

The scenery changes-

trees from green

to red

until their barren limbs clutch the white sky.

Cars with snow tires whiz by.

And when the snow melts,

I walk in slush - dirty with unforgotten memories of the Past

of the cruel cold winter.

Then - when the pavement is hot,

I walk - barefoot - braided strings around my ankles.

Fear is gone in summer, the sun like the passing of Time

dries everything up and buries it deep below the surface.

Some things I can predict:

when to wear mittens, when to wear shorts.

Other things I can't.

And do I want to?

Is it nicer not to know what is to come?

Up ahead is a crosswalk.

The sign says don't walk but I cross anyway.

You must take Risks-

or Time will pass without you

leaving you barren and dead

like the trees in winter.


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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