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When I Look Inside This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Jesssssssss, Sunnyside, WA

I wish to have been born a cloud

But I was conceived by humans,
Wearing a skin of flaws
The philosophers say
You have to look inside yourself to find the answers
So I slide into my throat

I float around, amazed at my internal organs

Cells whisper
Into my ears,
Reminding me of who I’m not
I crawl away into my heart and I find a desk and chair,
So I try to write a letter,
Ease the pain of thoughts
But the ink crawls up my skin,
Tattooing me in thorny scrawls
I try to run away,
Veins wrap around my arms
I try to push the door open
But it pushes right back
So I wrap my arms around my knees

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