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

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Welcomed back with lukewarm arms,
you are back to the basics.
Like an old pair of jeans that worn the
day before,
it fits you perfectly.
An itchy sweater,
an ugly jacket two sizes too big,
you look ridiculous, but you are safe from
the turbulent jungle.
Out on a limb, you came from.
The bruise on your shoulder
compares nothing to the shame that ­debilitates you
from standing tall like you once had.
It was Chance, perfectly orchestrated
but entirely out of your power.
Like decay, deprived of flesh,
crumbling to where you
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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