Colorado

by Annika Larson, age 16
Colorado Annika is a 16-year-old girl who goes to Columbia Secondary School. She has lived in New York her whole life but loves to travel. She also loves music, especially from bands like Twenty One Pilots, Panic! At the Disco, and Fall out Boy.

“The creak of broken brakes and / the soft whoosh of bicycle wheels / lift up lazy dogs’ heads / as we slip through the night.”

         

The creak of broken brakes and

the soft whoosh of bicycle wheels

lift up lazy dogs’ heads

as we slip through the night.

 

Blinking red lights announce the arrival

of the thunderstorm of a train pounding past,

the rhythmic thudding echoing with

our pulsing hearts,

pumped full of exhilaration,

a drug that makes us pedal faster,

round and round empty lots,

our hands lifted recklessly in the air,

our eyes reflected, full of light.

 

As the train pulls away,

the empty night, stars masked by the scintillating city,

receives our worries and confessions,

covered up by the train’s screaming whistles.

 

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