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


I wish to have the courage
To keep lying
With the earth’s heart beating on mine.

I wish to sleep better than silence.

I wish to be as happy
As a cat can be –
An unapologetic
Curled sunlight
Miracle.

I wish to breathe
Without the strings and walls
That convince me
I am fragile.

I wish to shed
The part of me
That resents leaves for
Their unearned laugh lines.

I wish to know
That I am brighter than rain
Beneath my chameleon skin.

I wish to love a boy
As much as I love
Soft peppermints.

And I wish to
Live peacefully
Within the urgency
Of my wishes.

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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