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I Am Ten Years Late This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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I am ten years late.
She is my grandmother,
But did not raise my father.

I am ten years late.
She is my sister, by my father,
But she can never look
Me in the eyes.

I am ten years late.
They are my cousins.
I pretend to smile and make them
Believe I feel comfort in
Being with them.

I am ten years late.
And now my grandmother
Smiles to see her grandchildren.
My sister is grateful to be a family, for once.
My cousins are just happy to be here, but me,
I am too late to understand.

I am ten years late.
I look at these strangers with
Eyes, lips and noses just like mine
They talk about closing the gap in the family.
They talk about becoming a family now,
Which is left up to my generation because
We are young.

Suddenly, I am thinking my mother
Had me right on time because
I can feel the warmth from my family
As we sit at the round table staring in silence.
Then something touches my soul
Where all my emotions are trapped, and a tear
Slowly rolls down my smooth skin.
As it hits my shirt, I wipe the damp spot with
My hand and realize that the only way I can help
Close the family gap is to let my heart loose and
Catch up on time.

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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