You are not the (only) reason I wanted to be published This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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I write because someday I want you
to stumble upon my name in a bookstore
years from now
and look at your husband next to you
scanning biographies of civil war generals
and I want you to sit down
pull my book off the shelf
and read every poem
not knowing that all these years
every blot of ink has been for you
and then you’ll remember
the way my laugh sounded
and the map of my chest
and I want you to sit there
for a minute or two
and feel how I’ve felt
my entire life

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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