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

By snowybutterfly, Fremont, CA

black dots
closely scattered
rows and rows and
doubling back and crossing
over, till cream
is no longer background
blurred shadows remain as
pleated and see-through
flutters in dark waves around
sun-colored thighs

leather snug around
steady ankles,
closed around red-polished toes
laced all the way closed
a disclaimer:
love not guaranteed

a wilting peach-colored rose in one hand
faded blue purse in another,
uncertainly empty except for
lipstick and self-conscious sunglasses
set down on a bench
as boots quicken on the floor
stepping over months of
no new messages
around garbage spilled across

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