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Ask him: Do you know how far
the body can stretch? How far away a boy can wander
before you find him by the trails
of his sweat on grass blades? How far a finger may go
before the boy’s tongue opens
and someone new rolls out?
Ask: Why do you turn from me?
And if he stays silent, ask him
whether a pupil is happier closed
or stretched open.
Daniel Blokh is a 15-year-old writer living in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author of the memoir In Migration (BAM! Publishing 2016) and the micro-chapbook The Wading Room (Origami Poems Project 2016). His poetry chapbook, ‘Grimmening’, is forthcoming from ELJ Publications in 2018. His work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing awards and the Foyle Young Poet awards, and has appeared in DIALOGIST, Gigantic Sequins, Forage Poetry, Avis Magazine, Thin Air Magazine, Cicada Magazine, and more. He works as an editor at Parallel Ink and a reader at the Adroit Journal. He should probably go play outside with his friends, but he’s busy worrying about the results of his writing submissions.