February 27, 2014
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tonight the streetlamps
are bleeding shadows beneath
the notches of my elbows

they flash, like dulled strobe lights
and I’m suddenly struggling to garner
a coherent picture: my muscles protesting
against skin

I am blown up
a balloon

no, I am ribs
and collarbones
skin and hollow spaces

blown up
only to implode:
as in: cave in

my sneakers slam with
deafening silence
in the middle of this empty
road, I am adrenaline slammed
into inertia

I am swimming
in my clothes
far too big

I am cardboard-food
and stomach and balloons
ribs and knobby elbows

I am stolid while
navigating this night:
a mess of dark and gnarled
branches and alarming
red stop signs

a funhouse room
full of ugly images
projected by

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SophieSkye said...
Mar. 9, 2014 at 6:10 am
This is another piece i like from your portfolio :)
haley101 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 9, 2014 at 10:59 am
thanks so much. I'll be sure to have a copy mailed to you then ;)  
SophieSkye replied...
Mar. 11, 2014 at 10:11 am
You are welcome. And PLEASE do!!!!
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