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Don't You Understand?

By Jenny Ham

PROMPT — Who am I today?

can i be your juliet?

it's august

midday tides clashing against verona beaches

your ocean eyes, sand-colored skin, golden laughter

& summer scent clouding the pure skies

and my sight

romeo, why are you romeo?

hand me the magic potion

rid me of my capulet-ness

you need roma or romalda,

montagues, anyone

but me but can it be july again?

don't you understand, that we are meant to be?


Jenny Ham is a high school senior from Lynchburg, Virginia. She is the author of the poetry book 'the sun rose again.' Her work has appeared on Train River, Her Heart Poetry and Silver Leaf Poetry. In her spare time, Jenny likes to code, volunteer at the local hospital, and do pilates.


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