Honorable Mention: “Tessa” by Jaycey Ells

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Jaycey is a junior in creative writing and from Bozeman, Montana.

Tessa

We would go on walks.
She would dance, and sing and
twirl around old lamp posts,
in tune with the rain drops,
knocking against the concrete.

“Oh!” She would say, as her
hand slips from the poll,
revealing black paint chips
stuck to her like new swim
trunks-

just tighter than normal, so
they don’t fall off.

We would go on walks.
I would watch her red hair cling
to the back of her wet neck like
a roller coster, as she spun in

yellow light, her face glowing
like a jelly fish at the bottom
of an old ship wreck, stopping
to admire

broken Dresden china.

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