shout out to the largest organ on the body;
a jewel of melanin and sunlight,
where rifts have been driven through,
marked up like tiger stripes.
housing our souls in armor
battered from time’s pain,
it has embraced the clumped earth
and slept on the ocean floor,
reaching outwards from the bloody west
to the hollow east.
though familiar with metal’s tongue,
it still dances in glitter
for its light illuminates my mind,
has shown me futures where I
can step through that same gate,
and revel in sharing the worlds I create.
it has walked, shouted, praised, and hollered
what an elastic thing
as our permanent fixture, a shield,
from the water’s grip and the tight rope clips
as our reminder,
for it’s no mere shadow in the mirror
it’s a lens,
and we are afraid of it.
Angel Benjamin is in eleventh grade and lives in the old state of Maryland. Her work was recognized for the first time by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for regional awards. She likes to create worlds, both imaginary and real.
Visual Arts by Audrey Carver