2005 — Most Philosophical 6th Grader in America:

Sophie Gori, Minnesota

Wrinkles in Time

A Flawless face
Perfect smile
Wealth and success, power and perfection
Dazzling, graceful, ravishing
Silky skin, rested eyes.

A face wrinkled by the passing of time.
The journey of a sacrificial life.
Hard, anxious, loving, lacking, pushing, yearning
On her face, imprints of an unfolding story.
Her immigrant journey
Laughing, leaving, regretting, forgetting
Cooking, caring, raising, burying, surviving, building
Her journey
Her beautiful truth, my beautiful truth.

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