I Don't Remember This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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“Remember the house on Institute Place?”
My brother says.
They remember, but I do not.
There's a wall between us that took
Ten years to build.
I try to knock it down but my feminine body is not strong enough.

“Remember how Great Grandmom Ruby had you search for her rings when you were young?”
My father says.
They remember, but I do not.
Ruby was delusional by that point.
Funny, we actually have something in common –
Not remembering
Though she'll never know it

“Your grandmother loved her grandchildren very much”
My mother says.
They remember, but I do not.
I wouldn't know her love.
For when I existed, her hands were bent,
her body worn, and she could not possibly function normally.

“You would have loved the house on Institute Place.”
“You would have loved Great Grandmom Ruby – you're feisty like her.”
“You would have loved our grandmother when she wasn't sick.”
No.
I wouldn't have.
Not the same love you have.
I wasn't given the chance.
I don't remember
So the ten-year wall remains.

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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hlynn1020 said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
 
K.roe said...
Feb. 8, 2011 at 10:55 am
This is such an amazing poem. It's almost like you knew me and my life when you were writing this. I use to live in a house that I don't remember at all.  All my brothers and both my parents talk about it and how great it was living there, but I don't remember anything about it. This is great..very well written. Great Job!
 
Mgymnast This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 2, 2011 at 3:23 am
This is really good and is feeled with a lot of emotion! Great job getting published!! If you get the chance could you look at my story Zeus the Lover of Malclai (that is published on this website) And commnet and rate it?? It would be greatly appreciated! THANKS! :) :)
 
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