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i pull the white bed sheets over
my head and wonder if i could suffocate by
wrapping them tighter
and tighter and
tighter

where are you now

i breathe and this room breathes back
pale smoke, fading like dust against
the sunlight that dances in
from the blinds

pretty like the patterns i traced
across your skin

i breathe and i can almost feel
your breath in this silence and my
heart breaks for the
thousandth time

there are words i want to exhale but
i cannot inhale without thinking

of you.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the December 2013 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.





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