wildfire season

Anoushka Swaminathan

Outside, a fire rages
inside, too
As the outside smoke
/slithers/ in,
the flames inside blaze outward
all I can see
A /bleeding/;/burning/;/bruising/ haze
of red-orange-yellow-gray

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Anoushka Swaminathan (any pronouns) is a queer Indian-American 7th grader from Northern California. They love reading all genres, but primarily write realistic fiction and sci-fi, as well as poetry. They have previously been published in Ice Lolly Review and Chasing Shadows Mag. When not reading or writing- so barely ever- xe dances Bharatanatyam, yearns endlessly, and does debate.