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the repetition of two times two This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Oelania P, Brooklyn, NY

the repetition of two times two –
you whispered against the grain of
sodden cardboard water:
as if it unlocked volumes of verse.

if you stayed and waited for the
ink to print on your calloused fingers,
I stop in reluctant, pushing glasses
up the acute angle of my nose.

what kind of teacher (the best –
the most visionary kind) would
lie to her students? Hopeful
illegible writing veers the inside
and paints my eyes shut.

if I penned the archaic,
imperial formula in the margins of
bleak paper, their faces,

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