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

She rubbed her insecurities
into her skin
like sunblock,
thinking that at least this way
she wouldn't,
she couldn't be burned
anymore.

They told her she would sink
but she decided
to swim
and the water lapped
over pores
that leaked salt and
mistakes.

She pushed through,
ignoring the waves
that slowly
inevitably
cleansed her skin.

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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