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I'd much rather be known as a ghost orchid. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

August 19, 2013

A. K., Cathedral City, CA By A.M.King, Chula Vista, CA

“Your face is an off-white off-the-wall color.”
Like the overexposure in a photograph,

no matter how many times you shake a
Polaroid picture, my face will remain flush

with the borders of the printed image. I've
drained the life out of my face to the point

that I can blend in with the winter. The other
girls here have branded me with the name

Polar Bear. I am still unaware if it's a
reference to my size or absence of color;

or both. The dark circles around my eyes
should be renamed light, because it's the


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