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You flew like a bird through my consciousness,
The wings like silk
But beating nonetheless

I let you take flight within my darkness
Landing to perch on my sternum
Dripping obscenities down my spine.

You picked me apart with your sharp beak
Swallowing pieces of me whole
And regurgitating them into my lap.

I could never make you sing for me
But your hollow bones whistled as you flew
So I fell into the sound.

And when you began molting
Growing gaunt despite my efforts
I began to lose my feathers too.

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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