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

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He stands
Too close to the television
Jingling the change
In his pockets
In deep thought
He bites his tongue

His presence brings a sort of comfort
I would never know again
His step is so strong
And sure
I never knew
It could falter
You could never tell
He wouldn’t live forever

I didn’t know I had a war hero in my home
All I knew was that
I had a protector,
Ally,
Friend,
And grandpa once

Once upon a time

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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