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

You're an outdated TV
The ones with complicated knobs
And buttons
Such a small screen to look at,
Such a small screen to attempt to see the full picture,
With static running and running
and running
across the screen
Competing ants, my father calls it
So loud I can't hear what
you're trying to say.
Do the ants spell out
f-r-i-e-n-d-s
methodically, just like you,
or are they racing toward something
a little bit more?
And just as I think I'll find out,
my thumb moves
– involuntarily, I swear –
turns the knob, and click.
The screen goes blank.
I numbly stand up from the
frayed tweed couch,
The one you first held me on,
and I gently walk out,
away,
and leave the picture altogether.

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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