October Romance This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.


Onyou I have waited,
And I have rested my pain.
I have thrown down mysuffering
On the crooked wreath of your smile,
And I have waited.
Ithrew an October romance,
And no one came.
I set up the dialogue
On thinpaper platters
Next to the punch bowl
Of infinite doubts.
And I waited,sagging
On hands and knees
For your absolution,
For your imminentarrival.
No one came.
So I threw down my suffering,
And I told the emptyporch swing,
And the green paper lanterns, and
The party favors
Abouthow all I wanted
Was to be wreathed, for a moment
In your smile.




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 June 2003 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.






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