thank-you note This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

February 26, 2015
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I see you by the window
with an unlocked smile.

in these rooms there is so
much reaching across to you.
there is so much unfolding
with this blanket of space.

I have opened my mouth
and swallowed the firm
lump in my throat
found the words in my gut
you’ve called this strength,
you’ve called this courage.

I see you by the window with
your eyes looking back at me.
In the voice of hope, patience grows
smoothing over the coarse surface.
darkness is a sweltering thing but you
are like Saule, the golden-
haired goddess
riding along the sky in a 
chariot, battling the
powers of darkness.

Slayer of all that makes
up the toxic horizon. tough yet gentle hands
these collective words are filed from my chest.

i see you in darkness
the light dances in starlight with
your understanding voice.

here are the words i
hope you’ll remember me by.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the September 2015 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.






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