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Behind Closed Doors - poetry by Zoë Akpan

Hands on my waist,

Marks on my face,

Whispers in my ear,

Screams inciting fear,

‘I love you’s forced down my worn throat,

Threats of departure run afloat,

Stuck to him like glue,

“Oh, we rarely argue.”


Zoë Akpan is an Afro-Asian activist who advocates for a just system. She is currently

16 years old and a sophomore at Westborough High School. She mainly spends her time baking, playing outside with her siblings, and learning how to code on the web. She plans to major in computer science after high school. This is Zoë's second publication.

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