Mckenzie Mann

beauty is a fleeting white stag
a creature of myth
promising something
that is nothing
yet I will load five hundred shotguns
and become six hundred foxhounds
I will run horses to their graves
and let brambles steal my skin
I will lose myself forever
to this Forest that is Hollow
for a hoof print in the mud
for proof
that I am lost
in the right place
Mckenzie Mann is a sixteen-year-old who lives in Oswego, Illinois but wishes she lived in Oregon. She started writing poetry in the fall of 2023 for her Spoken Word class and loved the idea of compartmentalizing moments and feelings into poems. She loves Noah Kahan, rain, and her black lab named Finn. One day she wants to do a triathlon, or maybe even a marathon. You can probably find her in the mystery section of Barnes and Noble, looking for books to add to her overflowing collection.

"Hoofprints on Sandy Track - geograph.org.uk - 4872548" by Alan Hughes is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.
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