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we tried
to take the shorter way
back home, but instead
we bumped into the
night train, carrying
cargo and slinking heavily
past our rain-covered
car windows
for fifteen minutes

minutes before, i held
the picture of the
idyllic college campus
between my thumb
and forefinger

watched the guidelines
turn into snakes, writhing
beneath my skin

and wondered if i'd ever

get anywhere, and this

this is how i realized
that shortcuts
don't make anything
easier

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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