I am the wildest.
Feather hair falls over my shoulders,
violently hacked off, ends split
my face too sharp carved out
by endless nights of hunting
in biting wind, lashing rain or soft summer breeze
once I was a flower petal
now I am a blade, double-edged
forged from fury and ferocity
and the loyalty of the pack
I have scarred even my own
Alice Simmons wrote this when she was a high school junior living in Rhode Island. She spends her free time reading, acting, drawing, and eating sushi.
Artwork by Fajr Alam created when she was 15 years old. She is from Pakistan.