Nightscape with Attention to Blueshift

It was a time for bold decisions
so I trailed from one full house

to the next, following girls
I never allowed myself to love
and cups blown around

like tumbleweeds. Landscape, astonish me;
body, split open to leave a lifetime
on my tongue, ripe as fruit

swelled and blood-ready
for picking.

Nikki Velletri is a high school student from Massachusetts. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and can be found in Words Dance.

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