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Calluses of a Leash

We recklessly compete for praise

Vying to be best burdened, most fatigued

Sisyphean envy of success is our the only commonality 


A struggling toddler dragging a pitbull

Is it possible to accomplish? Perhaps.

Should it be done? No one is sure. 

A tiny child proving capability, proving unnatural strength

An impressive feat, but a strange one

Dragging this dense dog uphill endlessly 


Adults praise us, for this strange accomplishment,

Silently wishing we’d hand back the leash and let this poor beast go

We just hold tighter, we take our praise and keep dragging

Our hands are sore, our tiny legs tired, but the aching of achievement is worthwhile

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About the Contributor
Hailey Lanari
Hailey Lanari, Editor-in-Chief
Hailey Lanari is a senior at Monroe-Woodbury. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Wire, and it is her third year writing for the publication. Hailey is passionate about journalism, having written for the Mid-Hudson Times and Wallkill Valley Times. She enjoys all things English and literature related. She is largely involved in local politics as a long-term intern for Senator Skoufis, Outreach Chair of the Young Democrats of Orange County, and co-founder of the Monroe and Woodbury High School Democrats. She enjoys teaching and working with the other writers on The Wire