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

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I was born of little seeds, the eggs
of the earth/my soul emerged first,
my body followed/my hands stitched

them together/sewed feathers in
the crease between/taught both to mount,
swoop/I wrestled gravity at first, the middle
man in a three-legged race, strangled legs
grabbing for ground, but now:

I am the woman on the
moon/I bear no roots,
no cord, just comets

to ride/I won’t hang
on little suns, will not
wilt in their absence/I am the fire,

raging/rolling down celestial
highways/exceeding the speed,
but I am unbounded/stitches didn’t stay,
body breaks/feathers rain down,

embed themselves in the soil/
waiting/so more earthborn babies
can dig them up, use them to raise away.

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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