afternoon of sled riding.
LOVE is Dad singing U2 songs you have heard 27,000 times before
and grilling steaks, saving the rib eye for you.
LOVE is a thin slice of vanilla cake with sugar-sweet pink icing,
LOVE is only having to pay 25 cents for a gumball,
$5 for a thrift store orange dress,
and $0 for a hug from your second grade best friend.
LOVE is clean linen sheets pulled tight over a medium firm mattress
and the smell of lavender,
the “click-click” of heels on tile,
blue and orange squawking macaws.
LOVE is anything that makes you feel like you are hurtling 100 miles per hour over the moon,
even when your teal-painted toes are resting firmly on the ground.
Anna Weber is a senior at North Royalton High School. She loves writing, and her work has been published in Inkwell, her school’s literary magazine and she has taken the creative writing course this year. Anna will be attending Calvin College and plans on majoring in Speech-Language Pathology. She has not been previously professionally published.