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The Open Door This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   On August 5th, 1996, the door opened

up and then it closed.

I thought it was over then, but it reopened.

My mother said, "Tiffany you have to see her."

As I slowly walked through the door, I

thought I would die.

I could hear your mother screaming, "My

baby!"

I walked out very fast.

The time came when Timmy, Shane and

I went into the room where your brother

and your cousins were standing.

Then they moved. I saw you in

between them and I started to cry.

I cried because my homegirl, just like

my big sister, was gone.

They took me out to the car and all I

could do is say "She is never coming

back."

Then I thought about Shaqwan/

Devlend ha ha! talking on the phone

after 11:00 knowing that if your mother,

as you would say mover, would say

"Meeka, do you know what time it is?"

So when she came you would whisper, I

gotto go, call you back later.

I did not know that July 31, 1996 would

be the last time you said that to me.




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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