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I gaze out at the sunset of a searing
summer day
Like molten glass
Spotted through the trees
Beautiful, yet it burns my eyes

As I watch the day end out of the expansive window
I notice a smudge
Dog slobber, perhaps
Fingerprints of a young girl
Wind-blown dust from the outside

And most definitely there
Always has been
Above the smudge
A bullet hole

Where did it come from, Mom?
Who shot it?
Only a bb gun
No danger
Nobody is shooting now

But childlike curiosity
Had made it more sinister
More daring
The day I discovered it
Long ago

As I watch the sunset
Older now, knowing better, curiosity
subsided
The child in me sinks beneath the
horizon forever

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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