Virginia Girls This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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We are two women-children
Challenging Southern summers by dreaming away on
The ancientfront porch swing, which creaks
Incessantly,
While we imagine travels ...
To Calcutta,
Chapal and salwar-clad
Eating samosas and curry, and
Smelling of sandalwood.
To NewYork,
Where everything you’ve ever felt
Is magnified
Tenfold.
To Paris,
In the height of fashion,
À la mode,
Speaking beautiful tongues
To beautifulpeople.
But we are Virginia Girls
Donning sweet lips
And soft hands
Posing for apicture
With your anxious mother
Combing my hair
Ruining natural perfection.
Wesmile brightly
Saying, “Peaches!”
On the creaking front porch swing
Wherewe really belong.


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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