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Fifteencandles on the cake that year.
Crepe-paper streamers Mother bought
with herAvon money, and balloons, too.
I stand in the center, with theknife,
Flanked by my father holding a cup for his Copenhagen.
A stickysmell like sour barley
wafts from a laugh too loud to be sincere ...
But Ismile and hold the knife and look into the camera
bracing myself for thebrilliant flash
then the blind spot.
Mother smiles behind me in herbuttercream-colored dress,
her hair in wings,
cradling a coffee cup shewill offer to Dad.

Fourteen years I inhabited that hatedkitchen,
holding the knife just above the surface.
But that year, as thecamera flashed,
and I felt the knife finally penetrate the layers,
I didnot smile






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Ray--yoThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 24, 2015 at 8:46 am
This is incredible! As everybody else here has said, I wish we could read more from you. Please, keep writing.
 
Msrbl@Bst said...
Nov. 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Don't ever publish anything anonymously again! You deserve credit for this amazing work! I loved every bit of it. It really made me think and I could relate. So good :D
 
elisabethphoenix said...
Nov. 11, 2010 at 4:37 pm
beautiful work...i do not know why you chose to submit it anonymously, although i'm sure you have a perfectly logical reason...lovely dear, positively lovely
 
bluegirl440 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 11, 2010 at 9:07 am
Incredibly interesting... made me wonder why the kitched was hated.
 
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