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If you're thinking that I'm lonely,
you should know,
I only know how fast it takes to
make your cheeks grow red
because you wouldn't talk back to me
and I found a guitar and re-strung it
with pine needles
because now I know
what a forest sounds like
(and I needed you to hear it
so I could say,
listen, here, play an A minor,
make a mountain range out of me)
because, see, I can get used to this cold,
these trees sing hymns into the caves
of my tired knees and say, yeah,
I know what growing tall all alone feels like,
I tried loving something back once,
and if you're thinking that I'm lonely,
then maybe you've never tried.

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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