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Shine On This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Take this glass
And make a window
When the light shines through
I'll know it's you
The shock when you left
Shattered my insides
I cascade, numb,
Into an unreal state
Functioning in a half-life
We choose your casket
Golden and lovely
Like the angel you've become
Whispers fill the cold, still room
As we discuss the arrangements
Reality sets in
My heart is racing and
I can't feel my insides
At your funeral people come
And say kind things
I watch them leave
Talking, laughing
They've forgotten you already
They're back to living again
And you're stuck with the dead
The evil sun at the cemetery
Is hot on my back
How dare it shine?
While you and I suffer
Silence is thick in the air
I hear only my pounding heart
And the wind in the trees
I imagine it carries you on wings and
You watch us hide you in the ground
I don't understand the words
They say over you
I don't care
I just want my friend back
You're gone
But you are still here
You spirit will never die
It will never be
Buried in the hard earth
You'll stay in my window
Shining on me

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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