Dirty Laundry This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

April 2, 2009
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He is your world. He is the one you would live and die for. You love the color of his skin – different from yours – the perfect balance between light and dark, day and night. You love the way he tells you he loves you. He says he'll marry you someday.

But your mom does not approve. You wonder every day how anyone can be so bigoted. Has she not felt the way you do at some point in her life? She doesn't understand, just rants and raves about your “taste in men” in that nasally voice you hate – the one she only uses when she's angry.

Later you sit on your bed, and turn up the volume on your iPod. “All the Same” by the Sick Puppies blasts through the ear buds.

Wrong or right … black or white … if I close my eyes … it's all the same.

Your mom has forbidden you from seeing him again, and Dad's taken to keeping a shotgun in the living room.

In my life … the compromise … I'll close my eyes … it's all the same.

You remember telling him you were afraid but that you wouldn't stop seeing him. He asked you to run away with him, just drop everything and run, figure it out as you went. But you said you wanted to wait and see if it would blow over. The look in his eyes was sad, as if he knew your parents would never accept him.

You hop off your bed and start shoving clothes into an duffel bag, making a trip to the bathroom for your toothbrush. You head to your desk and stare blankly at a piece of paper, pencil in hand. You write a quote that has been in your heart from the minute your parents told you that you were making a big mistake. It's short, but it's all you need to say.

You head down the hall to the laundry room. Your mom has piles of clothes on the floor, organized by color. You grab bits from every pile and toss them to the middle, creating a mound no longer separated into lights and darks.

Green, yellow, red, blue, black, white – all heaped into one huge pile. You lay your message on the top. It doesn't say who you're with or where you're going, but it wouldn't be hard to figure out.

“Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color.”

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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squalur996 said...
Nov. 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm
that was a great ending line!!! this was extremly well written. :)
chillifritoz said...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 10:25 pm
=D that was awsome!!i can relate to this by the type of music i listen to... i think you really put some nice thought into this sweeeeeeeeeeeeet!!
DakotaShadow said...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm
first off, congrats to the author, loved this. and to nikkigonefishing, its not a poem
nikkigonefishin said...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 4:03 pm
Wow I really loved this poem and Congratulations that it was published in the TI magazine it is absolutely beautiful and definetly one of my favorites :]
buddingauthor16 said...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 1:14 pm
This is incredible. I love it!
singingpenguin said...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I like this :) nice job.

I like that last line-

'The only thing that should be seperated by color, is laundry.' :D


Vanendra said...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm
Very well written and nice message, I loved it! <3
Gadzooks said...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 10:24 am
I love it so much! wonderful imagry!
FreakShow818 said...
Nov. 1, 2010 at 8:23 pm
This is brilliance. I love the way it's written, the reference to the song, everything. It's beautiful, and original. There's nothing else like it on this website.
i_want_u_2_luv_me said...
Oct. 21, 2010 at 6:05 pm
duuuuuuuuuude!!!  that is soooooo true!!  i've had to say that to guys before to black guys cuz they wont date me cuz i'm half white, and to white guys cuz i'm half black.  Society has been corrupted and racism sucks.
Alexia_Grey said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm
That soo cool.. but i wouldnt ever run away.. not yet at least.. but GREAT STORY!!
WhiteShadows said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Quote..so true

Story originality...fantastic


Ninz59 said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Great Job!


AliceForever said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm
This reminds me so much of the guy I've been crushing on forever...My parents aren't very fond of him, but I am! Love this piece!!!!
Iluvmybff said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 6:55 pm
I love this story. It's the same way I feel about my boyfriend too.
GuitarGirl92851 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm
This is true.
emoprincess said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 11:16 am
this is rly gud. the mom reminds me of my own
amlee1212 said...
Oct. 6, 2010 at 7:45 am
This is truly amazing. I love this article so much. I think everyone should read this and understand that if you love someone, color should not matter. Fantastic job, I really just want to re-read this over and over again!
Inkinmyveins21 replied...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 3:37 pm
This is amazing! I'm soo glad you showed me this story amlee1212!
amlee1212 replied...
Oct. 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm
You are welcome. I think this article is one of the best one's I personally, have read on here!
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