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Ever Since I Left -- poetry by Paisley Pereza

Ever since I left

Things feel different now

Suddenly the air feels lighter

The breeze colder

The sky remains blue when I skip class

For a hot cup of coffee down the road

It tastes sweeter now

You always loved it black

So I make sure to add creamer


Ever since I left

Things feel different now

I give myself stick-and-pokes

On nights I need to feel alive

A different kind of wound

Just as permanent

A message left just underneath my skin

It calls me a delinquent

While it whispers something deeper


Ever since I left

Things feel different now

Leaves cover the barren trees

That line the path I ran along

To get far away from you

Away from the fork in the road

As if the distance would erase everything

And abandon it in the dust of the past

Buried alongside my childhood


Ever since I left

Things feel different now

A new chapter is unfolding

I grieve for a time I never knew

As I leave the fresh grave behind me

I walk by the bright green trees

Cold breeze in my hair

Coffee in my hand

Ink in my skin




 

Paisley Pereza (she/they) is a 17-year-old writer from Oregon who enjoys theater, music, and writing vent poems at 3 am. They're a junior in high school with big dreams and zero motivation. A self-declared comedian, this is their first publication.

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