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

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   To Cope

She leans heavily on the yellowing formica counter,
work-worn fingers fumble the string of plastic pearls;
Lower lip trembling, she stifles a sob,
and blindly gazes out the window.

A lone tear glistens in her eye,
then reluctantly rolls down her now-pallid cheek;
She wipes her sweat-streaked brow with a frayed dishrag,
and in desperation, lets out a sigh.

She hears the faint pattering of raindrops on the window pane,
and realizes her loss;
As the rain gently washes away the chalky remains of
hopscotch etchings in the driveway;
The hauntingly distant laughter of an innocent child
echoes in her memory.

by C. S., Auburn, NH






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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