Exhaust

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This week’s poem by Braeden Hughes, a
sophomore at
Mount Mansfield
Union
High School,
creates an elliptical, phantom image that makes you want to read and reread this
short, powerful piece.
For more great student
writing, go to youngwritersproject.org

 

A
woman blooms in breathless smoke,

swirling
across grey concrete

in
filmy skirts that fade against

the
brilliance of the sky.

She
spins in lilting steps,

her
frosted lips upturned

and
pale wrists arched,

catching
the shards of winter sunlight

across
her skin.

 

The
wind sweeps her up,

gathering
her long

hair
and limbs

in
heavy knots.

Her
eyes meet yours as she

is
twisted

into
infinity.

 

Remember
the ice in your lungs

and
how beautiful your heart-crevices

looked
with patterns of frost scored into them.

Watch,

the
world is evaporating

and
everything beautiful burns ash

into the fog.

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