Platform 3-A This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.


   Shecan still remember when she methim
     Stepping off that train,on the platform in the rain
She can still remember the taste of her cherrylollipop
     Coloring her lipslike lipstick
The drops of rain ran down her school-girl plaid slicker
Shethinks of the smell that hung in the dampair
     The crisp, fresh-alivescent of the rain
He tipped his little boy cap, and was off withGrandpa
     The clock had readhalf past nine on Platform 3-A

She remembers waiting on that spring dayfor high school
     A crispbreeze rustled her school-girl plaid uniform
She shudders; a forest greensweater with a maroon pin stripe was draped aroundher
     It was slightly itchywool, but fit justright
     Surprised, she looksup to see his warm, smiling face
He tips his cap, and stepsback
     The clock had readquarter to seven on Platform 3-A

She sits remembering when he asked her todance
     The night was theirs,and they seized it
It was a coolish summer night, and they slow dancedbarefoot on the dew-wetgrass
     All the night through,with the crickets playing soul music and the fireflies twirling andsparking
          Theirway
The clock read their thoughts, though it was faraway, on Platform3-A

She remembers vividly the day he left
He was to leave for collegehere, and she was to work for a year and then go to another place
The rainrumbled in, its pistons pumping like a stampede of wildhorses
     A stampede of wildhorses that dragged him away
She cried for days, as did he, though theirromance was fleeting
     It wasthe kind you don't forget. The kind, that when left to die, you regret
Theclock read three-thirty on Platform 3-A, that fateful day.

She sits therenow, anxious to hear the wildhorses
     The wild horses withwings flying him back to her on metallic wheels
She sits there now with alollipop in hermouth
     Painting her lips likecherry lipstick
She's alone on Platform 3-A, on a day that's warm like alover's blush,
     Awaiting asteel chariot to bring him back toher
     Awaiting that breath topush life into her, his steel and flint kiss sparking her lifeagain
Anxiously, nervously she hears the pistons pumping,
Fidgety,apprehensively, she walks toward theedge
     She leans over andstares back toward the rapidly approaching black capsule
The clock has nohands now, but it smiles good fortune at the woman on Platform 3-A




This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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Stormyflight This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm
intriguing style, never seen it before. I like it, quite a bit:) Keep it up and congrats on the Mag acceptance!
 
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