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Young Writers Project: Hide And Seek

Sophia Cannizzaro is a 16-year-old writer from West Glover.

I want to know you but
you are hidden behind clouds of smoke,
buried under a thousand identical Genesee cans,
rolled up in a joint which has just been lit by
the hands of the universe.
It breathes you in and as you disappear,
everything becomes dull.
I can't find you for the most part, but sometimes
the dust behind the train settles and you are just standing there,
so confused by the fact that it didn't hit you.
You are always beautiful but it is a particularly real beauty in
these unadjusted, unmodified moments. I archive the images in
my permanent memorial
dedicated to you,
and they keep the links in the chain
running from my heart to your ankle

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