Scritch-Scratch. Scribble. Erase. (The Poem) This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

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For 99 cents I can write you a poem
but hold on, it might take a while
Scritch-Scratch. Scribble. Erase.
Child watches me bewildered,
“Are you done yet?”
“No, just got-to-get-
last-line-perfect.”
He grits his wiggly tooth,
which falls, leaving blood on my paper.
“Wait, sir, not on work-
here-napkin.”
Kid smiles with dimples
unevenly stenciled and
missing teeth.
How cute, I think,
suddenly deciding to
not Scritch-Scratch
Scribble
and Erase
the poem.



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

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the December 2005 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.






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