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She wanted to see the desert
Stars like paper lanterns
Strung above a mat of sand

Cacti sprouting
From uninhabitable planes
Of vast emptiness
That could span
A galaxy

The underground didn't go that far

Stopped in front of the vendors:
Dipping chicken's feet into
Burbling vats; brandishing them
Like so many ceremonial wands.

She hears their sharp cries
Slung at unsuspecting tourists
Until the doors slide shut

The din of the crowd is overbearable

She imagines a landscape
Without cruel-lipped men
Babbling into phones like drowning koi.
A conjured embrace of warm air
Not pillared by too-close bodies

For now, she is lost to the steel labyrinth
On the thread of tracks laid behind her.

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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