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

My mother is as strong as the pit of an avocado.
I watched as she planted her feet in the wet cement,
while my father mocked her parenting skills.
Despite his harmful words I never once saw a tear fall.
He had to manage every situation.
When he came, we would play a game called Family Bonding.
You could score perfectly as long as my father was the controller.
He was the lion with a commanding roar.
My mother's laugh is like a flamingo, it stands out anywhere in the house.
But when my father came, she lost her voice.
She learned not to intrude on the lion's feast,
even if I was the one being attacked.
That was the survival game, to let the lion's roar quiet the birds.

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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