Blessed, 19 years old in June, a cursed blessing —
giggly drunk as basement gods blessed —
trampoline danger game, bleeding chin blessed —
God-can-hear-you-bad-mouth words blessed —
pirate island in my cousin’s backyard blessed —
college-kids-in-love blessed —
wishing on Ostara stars, Lake Erie blessed —
what-should-my-writer-name-be blessed —
washing background tables for coins blessed —
under-the-door-petrichor, storm-breaking traffic blessed —
Winter-Long hair, Spring-Short temper blessed —
Mom’s snip-snip, split ends dead blessed —
broken 2 AM-suburb-train blessed —
willing cells to age, mourning cosmic youth blessed —
Blessing the young, middle, old, dead, alive, blessed.
Julie A. Larick is a student and writer living in Cleveland. She studies English, Environmental Science, and Activism at The College of Wooster. Julie edits for The Incandescent Review and interns at GASHER Journal. She has poems forthcoming or published in perhappened mag, Ogma Magazine, and others. Julie loves to sew, thrift, watercolor, and was born in 2003. Her portfolio is http://www.julielarickwriting.com and her Twitter is @crookyshanks.