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

Opening the door quietly
to the cool air
rushing into my skin,
and the full moon in the sky.
I take each step carefully
1, 2, 3 …
Trying not to shake
the ground,
or blow our cover.
I shine the bright light on
The ground to find a worm.

My brother,
the fisherman,
Was better at reeling them in,
so I let him do most of the work.
Then he gave me a chance,
eager to catch one
because I was his little sister.
Always wanting to be like him,
and make him proud, so
I gave it a shot.
Diving in,
shaking the ground.
Mud covering my
face and pink sweater,
but my hand got it.
I finally got my first
Night crawler!

Slimy and brown
I hold it up,
in the cool air with pride.
With a cheesy smile on my face,
I show my brother
but it was time to say good-bye.
So I drop it into the bucket with a plump
While it swarmed around
with all of his other friends.

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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