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tempest -- poetry by Abby Bacall

the howling of the storm against my window

startles me awake from a nightmare

the room is sinister to my disoriented mind

lightning flashes like a lens flare and stains the walls with violent light

and i flinch as thunder reverberates through the earth

as i lie in the darkness

shaking and sweating

choking on air

i imagine that the wind

is your voice

calling me home.


Abby Bacall is a high school senior in New Jersey, whose work has been published in Teen Ink and Cathartic Youth Literary Magazine. She is the Editor-in-Chief of her school’s art and literary magazine, and she is an editor for Polyphony Lit.

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