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


i just fell in love withlanguage,
says the poet, pausing
between sips of perrier-and-lime,
asif he and language
had shared a table, red wine,
and an orange sunset.
i imagine him falling for words like
peridot, hydrangea, cacao.
atnight, turning the tv on mute so
he can read the closed-captioning.
atthe zoo, mumbling
latin in the primate house
"leontopithecus rosaliarosalia"
(golden-haired lion tamarind)
and, mornings, laughing
over the box of froot loops:
"marshmallow-blasted lemon, lime, andorange!"





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 November 2001 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.






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