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Coffee and Cigarettes/Gray

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Ash lands on my white t-shirt, gray relief in a conversation that’s fast turning black and white. You sip your cup of black coffee; I pour a dash of cream into mine. You puff one of your Reds, I smoke my Lights. We don’t know where to take it from here. You take back your fountain pen (a gift from grandma), an Outkast Vinyl, your apartment keys and purple Colgate 360 power toothbrush; I take my tattered copy of Huxley’s…

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Dehradun

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  I am tugged: yanked Simultaneously backwards and forward. Boiling through layers, Of space and time. Choices, like petals plucked Part-by-Part, pink, flushed. “I know, I know not. I wonder, I devise plots?” Ambling by, I search for rhyme. My mind seeks its flow. Nostalgia & expectation, Two ends of the seesaw Equally heavy loads. Like mid-February sun, kissing Durham. Or sunny December Sundays down Rajpur Road. Perplexed by daily highs and lows, I feel content, creating and drinking in…

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The Game

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  we’re playing boy and girl in the game they expect us to do on Saturday nights we play   have you ever heard of the game before we start pretty late though I’m not very good at it I don’t always make the right move and usually pretend I’m not upset when I lose   I feel your touch and know how you move but even though I know it’s nothing more than a cunning skill you play me…

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Fuck your Nicotine

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The winning poem in the Open Lyric Submission Contest; Inspired by Chance song Cocoa Butter Kisses Written by Sam Meyers   I miss the smell of smoke. I miss how it clung to your clothing after walking through a teeming room. I miss breaking from the clatter of a hundred conversations in a foreign language to walk outside into the empty, stinging cold.   I miss the slow burn; red on white and gold. When all the nights wanted was my…

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Chicago Public High School Teacher

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An honorary mention in the Open Lyric Submission Contest; Inspired by Chance song Pusha Man/Paranoia Written by Sejal Jain   Chicago Public High School Teacher The kids don’t filter out of the classroom like sunlight in. No, they move in sudden taxis drawn quickly to the outside like warm water rising, reaching for the ocean surface in all its refractory light The boys’ backs straighten during the final minutes of class. Apprehension props open their eyes to gaze heavenward, chins resting on backpacks…

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Dusting Glass

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An honorable mention in the Open Lyric Submission Contest; Inspired by Chance song No Better Blues Written by Mariam Salukian   My glass of faith has shattered and I–the prisoner of these walls–fall celled into my destruction. He told me that I must believe and later embrace. He spun my thoughts, my guilt, my lust. And when I needed him he came by my side. He bent down and cradled my body. He raised my broke eyes to the lightening in his.…

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Idle

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Peter Island, British Virgin Islands // Nestled in the vast Caribbean exists a place untouched by commercial ruin. Gushing waves sculpt the shores and sunshine bathes the lush ecosystem. This utopia has given birth to wildly diverse forms of life. Rather than viewing such a place from a distance, this essay brings us closer to the exquisite details of an island paradise. A calming aesthetic immediately rises from this landscape, compelling humans to preserve and protect. Amidst jungles, beaches, and…

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Have a Good Day

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hi hi how are you I’m doing well how are you well actually i am buying this pound cake because i can’t resist my craving even though i haven’t earned it since i haven’t run in two weeks because i have so much schoolwork that i can’t keep track of yet and i’m not sure that it’s even what i want to be doing   oh yeah I feel that because I just finished a paper that is due two…

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