A Song For Nelly This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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Years ago
(eons, it seems and I am sure
that on this one thought
you would agree)
we were united
by a love of dirty pretty things –

this delirious theory
that something,
anything,
a cracked and faded portrait
of a dead woman leaning haphazardly
against a wall dark and peeling with water stains, or
the shuttered black window-eyes of a ­forsaken house
choked by vines like the hand
of a crone is choked by quivering veins
could bedazzle so thoroughly
through such a thick and pervasive
coating of grime.

You were a dirty pretty thing,
Nelly, and maybe I
was too.
I don't
remember.

But I do remember
that last bitter year, when all you were
was dirty.

When you hacked off your
stunning blonde curls at the ears
(oh, Nelly, but that was a sin)
and let your fingers trail limply
away from the iridescent keys
of the piano
you adored.
When you slumped into witless
oblivion, and stumbled into first period
and passed out morning after morning,
your breath reeking sourly of booze.

This, in the end, will be what
I remember about you,
Nelly,
and it hurts.
But you didn't
care, and you left,
and that was all I could do
and that was the end.

Somewhere far beyond the horizons of
waking minds you are dancing,
lost,
in a hazy glass bubble engineered by methamphetamine.
My song for you, Nelly, will press hesitantly
against your dull drugged dream,
leaving bloody fingerprints

and an echo ….

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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BlueInk94 said...
May 10, 2010 at 8:49 am
this is reaaly pretty. you have talent. what inspired this poem? its full of emotions!
 
Eilatan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm

This is so amazing!

I'm so touched by this beautiful story, it's so deep and meaningful.. what great similies and metaphors too! THis is so masterfully written and so stunningly creative... I don't know what to do! it's PHENOMENAL! I love the part about somewhere beyond the horizons nelly is dancing... this is completely wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
Eszebel This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 9, 2010 at 9:24 pm
Thanks so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it enough to comment!
 
Eilatan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 8:54 am

enjoyed it?

I loved it! every time I read it I just love it more and more! beautiful!

 
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