Leaving This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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How to leave scars:
If you ask Mother,
she'll tell you it isn't very hard
in easy quiet ways
with love or something similar
like maternal instinct
like crescent crevices, red
and left by fingernails
like swallowing sweat
like her mother
and hers
like feet flattened on kitchen linoleum
like razing mountains with words
where we stood at the zenith
collecting our suns and stars

my mother keeps
a drawerful of
Chinese handcuffs
those children's toys that
hold our fingers
more when we tug and tug
as children will do
until we gnaw them free

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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tesswards32 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm
This is so powerful! Great job.
 
xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 18, 2010 at 4:39 pm
Very meaningful and creative. I loved this! =]
 
Eilatan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 20, 2010 at 7:03 pm
this is very cool, it really makes you think
 
jessie-w said...
Dec. 11, 2009 at 1:27 pm
This seems pretty deep but I really like how you use your description
 
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