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

People aren't
yo-yos,
backboards,
or bouncy balls,
so when you say
“Rebound”
I'm a little confused.
Is she
a boomerang
that comes back
wherever you
throw her,
a kite at
the end of
your string?
I don't get
how you could
replace someone
with another
someone,
like people are
notebooks,
socks,
or chapstick.
Is she college-ruled?
Is she fuzzy with
polka-dot grippers?
Is she peppermint
hydration?
I think
she has to be close,
I think
you think
she isn't
but she'll do,
and I think
you think
you'll let her think
she is the only one
which is wrong.
Or maybe
I'm wrong,
about you
and her
and what
I think I am,
because of
what you told me
before you
released the yo-yo,
threw the free throw,
chucked that
stupid bouncy ball.

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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