Now, we take the sun, all of it.
It lights up our insides; the smoke reaches our brains
and leaves us wide eyed and dazed
with no plans, we draw smiley faces
on our arms before we lounge around
the tranquil shores of the Treasure Coast
where even the storm clouds
smell like cannabis and lavender.
No money in our pockets;
it’s cheap to be young
when magic is everywhere
and we long for an escape
into sandy corners that glow
from the heat of a never-ending summer.
Alexi Milano is a writer and illustrator born in New York, raised in South Florida. Her poetry has appeared in Red Fez, In Between Hangovers, Poppy Road, Black Poppy Review, Founder’s Favourites, and Poems-For-All. She is Co-Editor at Varnish Journal. She is currently working on a web-comic about a teenage girl and her dog where she lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Artwork: Katherine Fraser, Real Estate