The River This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

November 17, 2011
Our raft slides under limbs, gold, gray, and green
It bumps the tangles of a curled brown root
Then edges around a lime-colored shoot
It skirts off down a gully, then between
Two blackberry storms that rain purple fruit.
Two hours after we lick our hands clean

Of dark juice. My muddy sisters clean
The keel of a sticky streak of green
My sister plucks a spider from the root
Of her yellow-jacket hair, makes it shoot
Toward a murky, shallow pool in between
The tendrils of a grapevine decked with fruit

We pick apart a storm of bloody fruit
And guilty black juice trickles down our clean
Red cheeks. In all the luxury of green
We stop to pluck a berry off its root
Pause for just a moment, and make it shoot
Into the delicious, warm pink between

Our lips. Then the rubber boat bumps between
Water and a rotted log strung with fruit
And moss. I jump out and swing my legs clean
Of the muddy trunk onto rotted green,
Stomping clay over putty-covered root.

I watch a pair of lonely lizards shoot
Away from my foot, over a brown shoot,
Under greasy moss and sharp branch, between
The brown pebbles and storms of purple fruit.
They jerk around on the log's belly, clean,
but for a patch of slime, a poison green.
Finally, they rest on a soft black root.

While watching this show, I trip on a root
And, long arms outstretched, I rapidly shoot
Off, a moment frozen, then fall between
gray, slimy moss and hot blackberry fruit.
The filthy, freezing water feels so clean
To putty-coated feet, caked with dark green.

I'm caught in rotted fruit, under a root
In between the air and a slimy brown shoot
Embraced by the green and the soothing clean.

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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AlaskaFrost This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 24, 2012 at 12:29 am
Another beautiful poem and another one that I'll have to favorite! I realized toward the end of the poem that you only used a few words to end the lines. This is so skillfully done. You are extremely talented.
missscribbles replied...
Jun. 24, 2012 at 9:11 am
thanks again!
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