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

April 18, 2016
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small pink detonations,
the shapes of tiny hands.
in the photograph,
I climbed the tree outside the house
with bare feet, each of you
a dismantled atom,
pale arithmetic of electrons
looped over broken orbits.
all matter, Dalton said, is made
of discrete parts: indivisible,
indestructible.
some sunlight leaks through
the branches, the orange breath
of gravity, but not me.
up in the fractals of magnolias
the atoms gave us names:
wet feet,
spokes of wrinkled blooms,
and one body,
absolute.

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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