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    Ode to My Black Zip Up Jacket

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    Ms. Levine

    my black jacket 

    is plain black like the night

    it has a hood for the rain

    and a golden zipper

     

    the jacket wraps me like a warm hug

    it is not heavy 

    like a weight I have to bear

    but it is not light

    as to leave my sensitive skin

    shivering at a wind 

     

    I wore that jacket when I had that terribly short haircut

    that was convenient, 

    but not comely 

     

    I wore that jacket 

    even though I had 

    a thick gray jacket on top of it 

    to an open house 

    of a school I was accepted to

     but declined

     

    I wore that jacket 

    while getting ready for my prom

    with sparkly makeup

    that I was never fond of to begin with

     

    I wear it in the summer and winter

    I wear it in the fall

    I wear it when I am at my lows

    when I have nothing at all 

     

    I don’t know why

    but that black jacket

    will always be my favorite

    Taylor Swift may have her cardigan

    but I will always have 

    my black zip-up jacket

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    Ms. Levine, English Teacher and Advisor
    Ms. Levine teaches 9th and 12th grade English and is passionate about creative writing. She has experience as a freelance writer, has published creative nonfiction essays and is working on a novel. She hopes to help students discover their voices and help nurture a new generation of writers.
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