The Menu is Overwhelming

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The Menu is Overwhelming by Emanuellle Sippy - Photo by Aliza Abusch-Magder

Sometimes age is as muddled as life’s unanswerable questions.

Arbitrary, in cravings for adulthood and infancy.

Forget deciding, knowing alone is a task so cumbersome
that control is not envied but rather exiled.

When worry overpowers, I order life without
obligation,
nuance,
and choice.

But when ambition reaches its boil, life with makes my mouth water.

No, it’s not a prix fixe.

Forget knowing, life with requires deciding.

Because
Orders rarely come as expected and
Orders, sometimes, don’t come.

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Emanuelle Sippy is a high school senior in Lexington, Kentucky, and is so happy to return for her third year as a jGirls+ editor and art department head. She co-directs the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, collaborates on the Education Justice Collective's Move School Forward Campaign, and organizes with Future Coalition. Emanuelle enjoys cooking, exploring the intersections of art and activism, and conversations about everything from poetry to politics.
Accompanying photo by Aliza Abusch-Magder