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Grade
10

It smells like construction-

but it’s supposed to smell like the trees fresh and crisp air, like just after a rainstorm, like the first taste of cold crackling ice water at one am when you’re throat is so dry you can barely breathe-

Breathe.

I breathe in the smell of construction.

It smells like a mix of wood flakes and arsenic which makes my stomach sick-

Sick.

when i feel sick i go to the trees. I lay my head down and rest my eyes and

nature absorbs all of my thoughts and consciousness

and when i wake i no longer have that burning headache.

 

As i leave i whisper to the trees a soft thank you. They respond only in the form of oxygen and remind me to breathe-

Breathe.

I breathe in the smell of the trees fresh and crisp air like just after a rainstorm-

a cool drop hits my head,

And a cool breeze tickles my nose.

The sun seems to dissolve and dark clouds roll over my head-

 

A sudden drop.

 

Then another And another And another

 

Each one feels like that same first sip

of something you need so badly,

that first taste that lets you finally,

breathe.

State
MI
Zip Code
48105