Did You Know That an Apple Has 95 Calories?

This piece contains references to mental health disorders.

Did You Know That an Apple Has 95 Calories by Dahlia Matank - Photo by Sonja Lippman

I thought that the Apple would be enough

running through my blood

That Apple would stop the weakness
Or at least
Give me enough energy to stay awake
But as I fainted
I realized
That maybe I needed
That Apple sooner
But each piece was so hard to swallow

With so little in my body
I can almost fly
I am light enough to soar

But then I come crashing to the floor in my math class
My secret is out

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Dahlia Matanky is a member of the class of 2021 at Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Chicago, Illinois. She is the head editor of her school creative literature magazine, op-ed editor of her school newspaper, president of the feminism and Interact clubs, and participates in a variety of other clubs and organizations. She is a passionate advocate, friend, student, and person all around. Her plant collection is always growing, with a current total of 21 plants in her bedroom.
Accompanying photo: “Made of Sugar” by Sonja Lippman