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your hand
makes tsunamis
of the calmest waters

as i run my finger
down the burn scar
that stretches along
your right thumb

i trace its outline
with my finger
and i wonder why it is there
but i do not ask
because i like to wonder

about you
and everything you are
i am afraid of seeing it all
at once and drowning in
it because i am struggling
to keep my head above
the waters as it is

and the waters in the ocean
become the water running down
my cheeks because i
am afraid of everything now

you stop my tracing fingers
and lace yours between them
you do not let me
stir in your presence

but i need to stir
to stay above
and alive

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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