Contemplation: the silent art of manipulation This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

your eyes sparkled in the rain.” you tell me this twice.
my windshield wipers are on full speed,
so i can’t hear you not that i’d believe you, if i did.
you try to hold my hand but i don’t feel it.
i pull back and touch my hair, it’s wet.
i look over but i see past you into the other lane of traffic.
i see a couple smiling at each other.
you smile at me, a smile i don’t return.
you’re crying on the inside of your eyes but you keep trying to get my attention.
“i’m driving,” i mutter as i push your hand away from my waist.
you are hurt. but i don’t know it. i’m looking for the exit.
i turn the music up to block you out, but i pretend i just like this song.
i’m a liar.
the rest of the time we ride without talking,
with the music up so loud it’s hurting your ears.
but i wish it were louder. i see you glance at me and then turn to the window.
you’re thinking about tomorrow.
will you be happy?
i cough, but it’s not because i’m sick. i bring your thoughts back to reality.
it’s awkward.
the song has ended and the quiet is overwhelming.
i roll down the window to listen to the city, but i can’t turn that sound up.
it’s too low and you’ve started to speak. you tell me that you love me.
my mind is on the speed of this car, so i can’t hear you.
not that i’d believe you if i did.

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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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
yesterday at 1:39 am
i love this so much!
Eilatan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 5, 2010 at 1:59 pm
Wow, this is so good! I love how you used the words to blend the sentences into eachother- The idea is really cool and a little unusual as far as the point of view goes, but that just makes it better! I also love the ending. keep writing, you're really really talented! this is going on my favorites list for sure!
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