Sixteen by Caroline Lincoln Catlin

amanda mabel sitting inside sixteen
Photo courtesy of Amanda Mabel

you told me about yellow teeth and
a thin reaching fur that grew over skin
then glued me to a plastic chair
and made me eat pasta
EAT IT ALL you said
the warrior in you wild
the group of you, arms crossed
hair swinging from ponytails as
tight as your fathers’ silence
what I mean to say is
you chewed me real good
smeared ache into my sides
left me limping with loss
and still, I remember
how you shook when I ate
careful and crooked
shouting over and over
EAT, PLEASE, EAT

 

 

 

 

Caroline CatlinCaroline Lincoln Catlin recently graduated from Wesleyan University, where she majored in Psychology. She is passionate about creative writing, photography, and design, and she hopes to find a way to incorporate art into her work with children with special needs. Caroline grew up splitting her time between her family’s summer camp in the Adirondacks and a rural Vermont town with more sheep than people.

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Amanda Mabel is a fashion and portrait photographer living in Sydney, Australia. Originally from Singapore, she moved to Perth in 2011, then Sydney in 2012. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) (Honours) at the University of Sydney. In her free time, she loves taking photographs, travelling to beautiful places, and drinking tea. She also happens to blog for Vogue Australia Spy Style. She maintains a website at www.amandamabel.com and can be found on:  Instagram  Facebook  LinkedIn  Pinterest  Tumblr  Bloglovin Flickr.

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