The Duet

Kaylana Sareen

We shared the bench,
We shared the keys,
We shared the music
That floated through the room.

Covered in sweatshirts, sweaters, and scarves
We played the duet.

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College-Bound Barbie Doll

Kaylana Sareen

On my face, they pat and powder and in my hair, they puff and pull.
I am the barbie doll they wrapped their sticky hands around as a child
Bending the legs, mangling the arms, stabbing the eyes.

Like a soldier, I am trained and programmed.
I am to point the gun at the strong, smart, and skilled
So I can appear
Strong. Smart. and Skilled.
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