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     We are pirates of the
cruelest kind.
We plunder emotions
pillage intimacy
and rape the mind.
The world is our ocean
and we build our ship of
pretty words that lack substance.
We knock back bottles of
pocket distillation
brewed from weakness and
sweetened with lies.
We answer to all and to none.
So trust nothing visceral
for there’s no honor amongst thieves
like you and me,
with you selling me your
bootleg affection
and me, for all my talk
of a cutlass for a heart
buying it nonetheless.
And while I’m still not sure
what it was I stole from you,
I guess it’s nothing important,
nothing you’d miss.


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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noir-e said...
Feb. 12 at 10:47 pm:
amazing from start to finish
 
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bahannahpeel This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 30, 2013 at 7:35 pm:
I'm not even sure what to say... I want to ask you about it but I also don't want to know... Wow. WOW. Poignant. 
 
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Maggie99 said...
Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm:
Agreed.   
 
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waving_or_drowning said...
Dec. 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm:
Incredible........
 
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BlueInk94 said...
Feb. 8, 2011 at 10:05 am:
....speechless.....
 
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Pillow said...
Jan. 14, 2010 at 9:47 pm:
Whoa and wow at the same time.
 
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