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I spent exactly 3 minutes
And 47 seconds
Searching for you

I stood in the post office
In front of the counter
That holds the antique stamps
Yellowing, curling
Taking in age

I was watched by the
Kidnapper,
The boy who broke in on a dare
One too many times,
The man who forgot to pay his
Rent, parking tickets, and visa,
The rapist
And the woman
Who ran away
With her bruises
In tow.

All their eyes
Printed on a missing
Or wanted
Sheet of paper
But I did not see
Your eyes

I spent exactly 3 minutes
And 47 seconds
Ignoring the polite request
From the lady
At the counter.

“Can I help you, ma'am?
Do you have a question? Anything to mail?
Ma'am … Are you all right?”

I spent exactly 3 dollars
And 47 cents
On postage
To mail back
Your T-shirt
You left on my floor
Your letters
Your heavy scent
And even your love
Or what I could catch of it

And then I walked out
The door
Past the old man
Checking his mail
On the wall of empty boxes.

Exactly 3 days from now
And 47 minutes after I start my day
I will find
A package
There on my doorstep
With one red stamp of ink

Proclaiming that
You
Your address
Could not be found
And I will know
That I have tried
For long enough.

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 January 2010 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.




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MelanieLouiseThis 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...
Aug. 9, 2010 at 11:50 am:
i love the simplicity and the story. great and beautiful work. keep writing, Mel (: oh and check out some of my work, i would love to hear your opinions.
 
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rawrpiranha said...
Aug. 3, 2010 at 11:48 pm:

oh my god, this is amazing!

it really just like..idek. i loved it. :)

 
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Poet_in_Motion This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 28, 2010 at 4:22 pm:
This poem is precisely beautiful. I love the concept, although it did make my eyes tear up a bit. Congratulations on getting your poem published, by the way! You deserve it.
 
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foolslikeme said...
Jan. 19, 2010 at 8:17 am:
so tragic. at first I thought "you" were the woman behind the counter, looking out for a dangerous criminal
but I love this new take on a broken heart - a lost address
 
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raychull1513 said...
Sept. 1, 2009 at 2:10 pm:
wow, its a very heart wrenching and interesting concept. i love it:) could you take a look at som eof my work? id like ur opinion on some of them please.
 
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Jennax3 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 22, 2009 at 8:46 pm:
This is amazing, amazing, amazinggg! You are so talented :]
 
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RheaD.Ravenfinger This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm:
wow
 
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Tears2Roses said...
Aug. 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm:
wow that was so cool! it was sad and amazing wright more!!!
(Thanks for your comment your the first!)
 
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kiwi12 said...
Aug. 12, 2009 at 9:58 pm:
I adore your work, it's amazing! agreeing withe dreamer!
 
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SkaterGurl17 said...
Aug. 7, 2009 at 9:51 pm:
love it!!!!!!!! this should soooooo be in the mag!!!
 
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dreamer_believerThis 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...
Aug. 6, 2009 at 1:47 am:
wow! this is a hearttugging piece and i absolutely loved it. i almost wanted to cry and i loved how you constructed it and how you put so much emotion in it! great great great job :) check out some of my work!
 
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