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crushing / cruising

by Phoenix Tesni

adelaide crapsey cinquains-

ababb, abaab or abccb

 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 syllables



glinting, starry

as the day gets hotter

you say: go for a dive, shall we

joy, glee


tanned skin

hearts racing by

we watch each other swim

till dawn arrives, the sky goes dim

breathe, sigh



wrapped around us

skin flushed and eyes unmet

with our hair still dripping and wet


Phoenix Tesni (she/her) is a 22 year old self-diagnosed artist & poet from New Delhi. She has forthcoming works in Morning Fruit Magazine, Verum Literary Press, bloodbathhate, Sage Cigarettes, Cloudscent Journal, tigers zine lit, and elsewhere. When Phee isn’t writing, she likes to practice falling in love with life over and over again. You can find her at or @PhoenixTesni on twitter.

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