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The Part I Wanted This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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He painted a rose
velvety pink and sharp at the edges
on a sheet of card stock
only slightly bigger than his bony hands
Stiff and sort of inflexible,
like he was
Below the rose
he wrote a poem in black pen
- not real nighttime black
but doubtful black
a charcoal of unsure letters
scribbled over damp watercolor paints
Not enough courage to say those words
with his uncertain lips
In the depths of my basement
I found a rusty razorblade
Carefully,
deliberately,
I sliced the artwork
cut out the rose
I tossed the poem
the doubtful charcoal words
into the lapping flames of the fireplace
I watched
that stiff card
those hollow letters
Eaten by the desperate heat of the fire
I only kept the part I wanted.

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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shreya756 said...
Dec. 13, 2010 at 2:26 am
This is really nice and you can actually imagine it all happen. Amazing :)
 
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