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VERSES: Sudden Journey  

Bailey Klein 2014
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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Sudden Journey by Tess Gallagher

Maybe I'm seven in the open field--
the straw-grass so high
only the top of my head makes a curve
of brown in the yellow. Rain then.
First a little. A few drops on my
wrist, the right wrist. More rain.
My shoulders, my chin. Until I'm looking up
to let my eyes take the bliss.
I open my face. Let the teeth show. I
pull my shirt down past the collar-bones.
I'm still a boy under my breast spots.
I can drink anywhere. The rain. My
skin shattering. Up suddenly, needing
to gulp, turning with my tongue, my arms out
running, running in the hard, cold plentitude
of all those who reach earth by falling.


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Bailey Klein


Hello, everyone. I'm Bailey Klein, and I am part of the Class of 2014. I am involved with many things both in and out of school. In school, I played tennis all 4 years of high school for the JV Girs' tennis team and have been involved in many groups such as VBC, National Honors Society, and Forensics. Outside of school, I do a lot of volunteer work with my church (helping elderly members, going on mission trips, etc), hang out with friends, and go sailing with my family in the summer.

My future plans include going to University of Wisconsin- Green Bay to study Human Biology with an emphasis in Cytotechnology. After graduating college, I would like to become a certified cytotechnologist and do laboratory research dealing with cancer cells.


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