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

By Ariana Y, Hagerstown, MD

I wish to have the courage
To keep lying
With the earth’s heart beating on mine.

I wish to sleep better than silence.

I wish to be as happy
As a cat can be –
An unapologetic
Curled sunlight
Miracle.

I wish to breathe
Without the strings and walls
That convince me
I am fragile.

I wish to shed
The part of me
That resents leaves for
Their unearned laugh lines.

I wish to know
That I am brighter than rain
Beneath my chameleon skin.

I wish to love a boy
As much as I love
Soft peppermints.

And I wish to
Live peacefully
Within the urgency
Of my wishes.



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