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It’s like this beat
That’s trapped in my head—
It can’t escape, won’t escape.
It eats at me, bothering me,
Telling me to stop, to recognize everything it does.
It pulls me out of the dredges of life,
But sometimes into them too.
Why is it there?
I don’t know.
What I do know is that it drives me, makes me


Lucy Rados
Lucy Rados, 13
Buffalo, NY

Sage Millen
Sage Millen, 13
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada