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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.

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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