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Back straight, straight, we can
be beautiful together. What are
the sociological ramifications
of teenagers who drink amnesia
in deserted parks? I chewed sidewalk
for you. I tell people my acne
is sunspots.

I stand with crooked vertebrae
and think (stars are track marks,
freckles on the back of
my neck) of everything but how
the sun bends me like
a shadow puppet, and I am
trapped in this shifting cave of a person
and I fell in love with
a streetlight because it
didn't love me back and
I want to itch my skin off
sometimes, because depression is
a kind of fire too. But all I do is
pick these chunks of gravel
out of my mouth and
fling them at moonbeams,
and ride the subway because
I love to shake, I want to hollow
out my cheeks and stuff them
with everything, everything, everything

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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