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reckless shrubbery, untrimmed,
hiding a front door,
a curio on the porch,
a suede couch, ripped three times,
dirt blanket keeping the fabric warm
(bodies don't anymore);
one window complete,
cobwebbed and streaked with
soil sneeze,
the other, out,
a gap left covered by trash bags;
walls painted by more than two hands,
a blue space visible in the crackling white of the entry,
purple bathroom,
wave stencil-work done in the middle,
a vanity that opens to rust,
kitchen cabinet held by a bottom hinge,
crooked, opened,
canned vegetables and cat food,
a door, frameless, floating
against a wall in a bedroom
where a choke-me rug sleeps,
stairs a child ran up, creaking,
black bags of cigarette cartons waiting
on a second story for some return,
a tattered flag hanging from a ceiling fan,
spinning in the door-cracked breeze,
a purse left opened on the floor,
a basement full of unknowns
because fear, too, ran me away.

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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