Calgary

There we stood in the one moment offered to us
that could have meant something.

Chlorine and water vapor clinging to our skin,
to the crawling wall. I said only what I meant.

I became a better daughter, lover, river, body,
girl. I could have been anything but settled

for only what you asked. You opened my mouth
and found sand where a tongue should be,

the nearest beach a country away. I became
the ocean and took my body back,

I became a girl and gave my body away.

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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2 Responses to Calgary

  1. Ryan Stone says:

    Took my breath away. Beautiful, Nikki. So well done.

  2. yazzeus says:

    I really loved this, Nikki. Thank you for a beautiful post.

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