Like a Man This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

So, you say you’re in love?
Sure, you love his warm, benign lips
And delicious breath.
The savory, redolent spice
Of Abercrombie cologne.

You love his thick, sinewy hands
Masculinity, vigorously gripping and gliding,
Making you frail, forceless,
Depleted as a busted balloon.
These luscious provisions
Turn you tipsy and tingly
All over.
Certainly, you love this.

Yet, when the lights go aflame,
And your lover’s facade cracks and peels away,
Exposing your Casanova to be a simpleton,
A peasant, a nitwit, a fool,
No longer does your tender bosom
Tickle with bliss.

Impassively, you say a casual adieu,
Leaving only your sugared perfume
On his crisp cotton sheets.
Feeling like a dim felon, impure,
A tainted slayer of love, of hearts.
Feeling like a man.
Truly, this liberation is what you love.

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 1:57 am
i love this so much!
Emmy88 said...
Nov. 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm

really great work! I hope you keep writing


MRose911 said...
Nov. 8, 2010 at 9:53 pm
This poem is amazing! :) So glad you posted! I get called a heartbreaker a lot :P Sometimes boys, just dont turn out to be what you wanted... Please check out my work! :) I would love to hear what you think! :)
blingblang4eva said...
Apr. 11, 2009 at 11:44 pm
love thsi :) the language of it makes the young girl poem sound more mature. i love the contrast.
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