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

whisper,
making lovely sentences
stringing words up prettily and
laying them at my feet,
an offering to the peaceful
haven that is me
granting a look,
a glance,
a lazy flick of my wrist
in the direction of your shy affection
wearing masks of ambition and
self-assurance
to throw shapes over the grave of my
father
who strived to throne me as
I was,
a child frozen
in some limbistic state of
adolescent deliria,
not a wisened fiend
that harbors sin like
sugar
sweet, sticking to the soul
congesting thoughts that would
once take profound shapes

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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