Hiraeth

Laila Azmy, age 14
Hiraeth Laila Azmy is a ninth grader living in Brooklyn. She is very much a cat person, and enjoys iced tea and free verse.

“you go to bed before me
so i can tuck you in
search my soul for doubts and find
so many”


i seek your monsters and your poltergeists

rummage through your closet and 

you go to bed before me

so i can tuck you in

search my soul for doubts and find

so many

i take a broom and

whack the crusted corners of 

infinite attics and sheds

wind up cobwebs and

keep them in my lunchbox

i ask you why you play with fire

you say i am drawn to heat

but i only ever learned to burn

quietly


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