What Mother Wanted This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Dear Mother, paint a portrait
Reflect the child you have grown
Nothing terribly fancy
Just tarnished bones

Dear Mother, paint a portrait
Mirror the depth of this endless hole
Not deep like an ocean
It's deep like a soul

Dear Mother, paint a portrait
Recreate the eyes kissed with rain
Wept upon by the underbelly of the sky
The candy-coated pain

Dear Mother, paint a portrait
Mimic the breath between their lips
Words caged, the song is hushed
With bloody finger tips

Dear Mother, paint a portrait
Forge the person they should have been.
Crack the skull, erase the sin and cut out
The child buried within.

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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