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Lady Tantalus This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

You
are
arsenic

and ambrosia

to a muddled,
unripe
soul.

You
take
my hope

and dangle

the sweet fruit
of it

before me,

its
nectar

dripping

warm and honeyed

onto
the fullness

of my lower
lip,

teasing
my restless

tongue and

draining

down
the supple
curve

of my chin
and throat

like blood

from
a fresh wound.

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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