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I Found a Free Verse in the Supermarket Today This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

This is a poem I did not write:
When I saw you in the supermarket
under fatal fluorescent lighting,
a faint supermarket buzz coming from ­somewhere,
and watched you try to decide between ­cereals
I realized
that your hands are birds with broken wings
and that all the blackness in the world
is void
and I realized
that your ankle bones
jutting from under your cuffed navy blues
are glaciers
under the ocean
of your skin
and as you brushed your hands
across your cheek
I realized
that your freckles
are nesting grounds
for the birds that are fighting to get out
from within your bones.
I did not write this poem,
you see –
for it stood in front of me
and chose Cheerios.

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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