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

wrapped in Sara's flannel tanning blanket feeling
more beautiful than I was, wearing
whatever I was wearing
cigarette smoke and fire smoke and surrogate family softness
the first-last adventure of my summertime
sitting in my lap next to my best friends.

knife in hand sloppily carving
DMC into the bark of a tipsy tree
wobbling on a wooded hill, the brand-new sensations
of brand-new sensations leaving their initials
carved into us. It rained and rained and I almost fell off Hana's balcony
talking on the phone and singing golden oldies
with our hands in our laps next to my best 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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