6th grade

Remember the guilt,

the awkward lie, a patchwork

of tone, expression, words tightening

a pounding organ in your bone chamber:

“No, I didn’t taste the science experiment.”

You knew it was salt, you knew it.

You just had to taste.

It was done as a joke,

and just moments before

you were a balloon that had burst

scattering confetti and mirth.

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