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I am a writer of epitaphs and clichés love songs,
My fingers are covered with ink and my body with bruises.
Look past my first impression and I can be your sundress bride and you my pinstriped lover.

My voice may not be beautiful, but it’s all that I have,
And the butterflies don’t flock to my outstretched fingers.
Look past my crooked smile,
And we can be a vision in tie-dye and high-top sneakers.

I know I’m imperfect, and not even in the way that you like,
My shoes don’t click right and my eyes rarely close.
Look past my blood-rimmed fingernails,
And we can sit on the street corner and play the guitar.

I am an omen of awkward moments and broken pencils,
The grass I walk through never grows as quickly.
Look past my out-of-place laughter,
And we can be the reason the other opens his windows.

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 June 2008 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.





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akinaxx said...
Jan. 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm:
Is it wrong to say that I found it uplifting? It was cute in every sense of the word, but I can definitely relate to the feeling.
 
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almost_there said...
Jan. 4, 2009 at 12:50 am:
Wow! I love this. I am slightly green with envy at the moment because I wish I had written this. This is amazing. I can relate on so many levels. Sadness laced with hope- I love it!!!
 
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Paige C. said...
Dec. 7, 2008 at 6:50 pm:
That was really beautiful. It was true in every sense of the word.
 
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dancektdance09 said...
Nov. 25, 2008 at 11:54 pm:
i really love this,it makes my heart melt =]. in fact i feel like this myself most days. major kudos tho!
 
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firemeteorite865 said...
Nov. 21, 2008 at 2:59 am:
awesome poem =)
 
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*NightRain*214* said...
Oct. 23, 2008 at 8:45 pm:
The other day I was looking for something like this and just reading it diffently speaks to my soul.
 
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crlmtg3 said...
Oct. 8, 2008 at 2:54 am:
Hi Celia, I really love this poem, i feel like it speaks the words that i cant say and its amazing on so many levels. Keep up the good work!
 
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blacbleedink said...
Sept. 24, 2008 at 2:56 am:
i printed this and hung it in my locker. i totaly understand and can totaly relate. bravo
 
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HarryPotter <3 said...
Sept. 23, 2008 at 8:08 am:
Awesome poem! I really like it! =)
 
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Tweedle Dee said...
Sept. 3, 2008 at 8:07 pm:
wow, awesome!!! you're writting is truly incredible!!!
 
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Mrs. cummings said...
Sept. 2, 2008 at 4:37 pm:
This is brilliant. Why is it about not being a good writer? You should write a rant about being the next great American poet.
 
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softball*craZ said...
Aug. 26, 2008 at 11:38 pm:
That is the BEST poem ive read ever! you can really feel your emotion. I gave it five stars! keep writing, i want to hear more!
 
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vegetarianqueen said...
Aug. 25, 2008 at 3:56 am:
This was spectacular. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of reading it.
 
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piglover said...
Aug. 21, 2008 at 7:19 pm:
This is absolutely AMAZING!
I LOVE IT!
I wish I could write poetry like you.
A-MAY-ZING!
 
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Shane_Zeh_Banderbear said...
Aug. 14, 2008 at 10:59 pm:
Wow. Kudos to you Celia. I enjoyed this poem a lot. =)
 
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ebonyskye said...
Aug. 14, 2008 at 1:53 pm:
this is the nicest poem i've read on this site. i like how you keep the poem so intact and not choppy. good job :]
 
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poeticallyinsane92 said...
Aug. 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm:
Hey! This was a wonderfully written poem. You use description and imagery very well and demonstrated excellent word choice. It's a very nice emotion, too, which you keep throughout the poem. Keep it up! :-)
 
MadAsAHatter... replied...
Jun. 5, 2010 at 8:49 pm :
LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!
 
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