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

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They know it's a mistake.
They're sitting on a bench,
the wood on my stepdad's
guitar is cracked.
His smile hurts
and his hand
on my mother's left shoulder
looks uncomfortably off color.
My mom's long hair covers her ears.
The new ring on her left hand covers the ­permanent indent from my
father's old one.
Red rubies dot the top
I know they must be plastic.
I love you.
It's engraved in the silver.
On my mother's left finger
it's set in stone,
but in reality,
it's only temporary.
In a few years,
her heart will be as cracked
as his guitar.

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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