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 prefix.

Forget knowing, life with requires deciding.

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

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Emanuelle Sippy
Emanuelle Sippy is a sophomore at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky. She collaborates with Unlearn Fear and Hate, is a leader of the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, and is the social action vice president of Temple Adath Israel’s NFTY chapter. Emanuelle is a dancer, a debater, and is active in Young Democrats. She also enjoys cooking, photography, writing, and nature.
Accompanying photo by Aliza Abusch-Magder