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The Recovery; The Relapse This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

He always kept candles, loved
to watch their silent vigil stand
bright against shadow.
He lit them, letting himself
get lost in
their seductive mirage--
only long enough to
snap out of a haze
and extinguish the light between
his fingers.
In a way,
he lived for their death,
the curling of pungent smoke, mingling
with stale bedroom air.


But he also thrived on their rebirth--
the glowing ember, sucking
breath from the smoke and
regenerating from ashes.

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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