Nov/Dec 2018 • Vol. XL No. 6 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize |

What I Left Behind

Winner 2018 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers   The summer I found myself in a girl’s arms, our limbs sticky   with sweat and sugar, there was a knock on the door. Memory     had flown to greet me, although I didn’t ask her to,   just caught me whimpering with the taste             of my own spit. There was no one to hide from—           it was the year I passed my last exams, and drove   to the marigold fields of Pennsylvania. Before I left, my mother had wished me a safe journey, pressed money and medicine           to my palms. I think of her now,   and how robins forget     to return to where they were once born,                  and how we walk into the future barefoot,     and forget to turn on the lights. Before I left, my mother and I            shouted terrible things to one ano

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Audrey Kim attends Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. Her work has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

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