for teens, by teens

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Eden Ariel

hidden wilderness
in the recesses of your eyes. blossoms of light
sliding out through the cavities that separate the
pink vulva skin of the inside of your mouth from
your gleaming yellowed molars  noon sun shade

 you scald me
this kind of ache lives in diamonds
hard and damaging
skull-bitter against the steam of the night.


 you are the gushing rain
and i am so tired of feeling you caress
the bones in my neck as you slide down
my throat into my stomach
a wildwind dance

 this was never a dance
and you could never step to the rhythm
but i want to memorize those missteps

 the green of the smoky afternoon
weeping willow trees
glossy pearsthe wind grew too wild

you disappeared and
i am seeping   into my neck

 and i am swallowing myself
choking on this heaviness
           i              ate                 you
until the pores mashed together

 to form a single mouth a
black window to a
multiverse      damn                      you
for making me see my own


Eden Ariel is a 17-year-old writer from New York. She attends Byram Hills High School. Her work has been published in Polyphony H.S., the Claremont Review, and Navigating the Maze, and she has also been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. In addition to writing, she loves music and singing. She is inspired by nature and the changing seasons, and can frequently be found staring at the sky or wandering around in the woods.

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