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What Was Not Lost Amongst The Clutter This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   for my mikey



the basement has slept for weeks, stirred and awakened by my return.

bags half-unpacked sunbathe upon the wood floor;

on the bar - papers, keys and overflowing boxes sit like a mountain range;

couches hide under camouflage canopies; chairs lay concealed by coats of clothing;

mr. fuzzy sits guard amidst the laundry - in complete teddy-bear triumph;

perfect silence has settled in starched sheets over the furniture.



she enters with widening eyes, bounds down the stairs (two at a time);

slowly rediscovering each corner, each light switch, each door.

she closes her eyes, inhales musty february; runs her fingers over the walls.

she skips and spins, dancing pixie-like from one end of the basement to the other;

her giggle smacking gently against the wall. lapping at the wall as waves upon the jetty.



she focuses her eyes upon me, the laughter gone from her face.

i sweep her into her arms, press my lips to her neck, breathe in her shampoo

(a motion that draws the breath from her body in a low, soft moan.)

"mine," my whispered explanation - answered by her quickened heartbeat.

her stainy hands slide over my face and ears -

her dainty hands and my rugged hands; mingle palm-to-palm.



the basement witnesses voiceless conversations

and contactless carcasses beneath dimmed lights.

it is filled with eyes that watch from beyond the clutter.




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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TaylorWintryThis 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...
Jun. 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm
A little out-of-the-box. But I love it nonetheless. The personification and imagery are really amazing. No wonder this got in the mag! Congratulations. (: you really earned it. I'm sorry I can't write more; I'm in geometry right now. I owe you one!
 
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