The Summer I Turned 13 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

April 15, 2016
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summer like apple core crunch,
an litany of swear words
in a girl flush-brown thick-screamed;
summer like learning how to speak
to strangers (conversating with the mirror,
door turned window – hi, hello, how are you),
chugging air like syrup,
a little too bittersweet (for girl
dreaming: thunderstorm/
crickets chirping/
giant birthday cakes);
summer like unfinished essays,
letters too sharp (tongue bleeding cement)
girl thinking scared/hair braided/glasses askew;
summer like ignoring the ache,
chocolate melting under her tongue
sheets shucked clean & girl
never asking what went wrong
(this time)
but she laughed at the boys shivering
under their own weight (a different
kind of cruelty learned at summer camp)
biting down on the ice-cream
melting in their hands;
summer like flightless birds –
sky turning fresh shades of broken,
girl mouthing bhajans at a bathroom stall;
summer like forgetting how to pray,
summer like singing at her friend,
summer like sore knees & scraped hands &
memories that stung in the daylight.

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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snappingbats said...
May 18, 2016 at 3:42 pm
Your structure here is chaotic, but it works wonderfully for this poem. You have so many images fluttering through line-to-line, it's a lot to imagine all at once, but that feeling perfectly encapsulates turning thirteen. I absolutely adore this piece! Please keep writing.
 
Rachana1999 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 29 at 9:43 am
Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it!
 
LittleRedDeliriousPrinceThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 21, 2016 at 11:26 am
Amazeballs!!!
 
Rachana1999 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 21, 2016 at 6:31 pm
Thanks! :)
 
ambivalentThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 20, 2016 at 8:12 pm
keep writing, man. this is really rad.
 
Rachana1999 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 21, 2016 at 9:23 am
thank you!
 
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