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

the day You disappeared i left out an empty plate for You.
i sat at the table, held myself close, and thought i might find You.
but the world was soft and fleshy.
i remained at the table as the 4 o'clock sun crept up and piled onto my plate, filling the porcelain spaces between the blue-china flowers.
i chewed it slowly, deliberately, and waited for You.
instantly You were there, your uneven fingernails familiar and your hollow voice smooth as you took your fair share of the sun and pulled up a chair.
the meal wasn't heavy and the conversation wasn't real, but i liked it there.

(small, unfulfilling, stuck inside with a ribCage)

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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