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

Cozy on the cracked wooded patio
A peculiar place to cuddle up
In blankets and pillows of felt and cotton
The little sister
A near smaller version of the silhouette
To her left
Same wheat hair and glowing ocean eyes
Looks to the starry picture above their heads
Eyes widen to take in the vast image painted
Before them

Wishes already placed in the seams of their consciousness
They wait
Wait
Wait
A streak of light
A gasp of awe
The one of more years smiles at
The memory they make
Counting the stars that zoom to a new horizon

A mouse of memories to keep stored
Let's never forget this,
Little One
The aroma of warm August nights and sights rarely seen
You're much too young to worry about things I do
Look here, another ball of light soaring across the watery sky
Make your wish now, Little One
But wish for something that cannot be held
Because anything tangible can shatter
And be forgotten
But you'll never disregard a memory
Or feeling
Simplicity is key
So wish for this tradition to continue
I would rather have a memory to keep
than something to forget.

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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