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Tell Me When, Then Tell It Again This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

I sat at his feet
And said …

Dad, tell me about
When you were a child
Please, tell me when.
Then, tell it again.

Try to remember
A time that you won.
Tell me about
Things you did wrong.

Dad, tell me about
When you were a teen.
Please, tell me when.
Then, tell it again.

Do you remember
A time that you fell
In front of a girl
And you never did tell?

Dad, tell me about
When you first fell in love.
Who was that girl
You always thought of?

What was her reaction
When you proposed?
Explain her expression,
Her tears and wet nose.

Dad, tell me about
When I was born.
Please, tell me when.
Then, tell it again.

Did you smile when
You held your baby girl?
Were you glad to
Bring me into this world?

Dad, tell me about
Your whole life.
Tell me when.
Then, tell it again.

Were you satisfied
With what you did?
Would you go back
And do it again?

I'm sorry I
Never did ask
About you or your life.
As for any part of your past.

Dad, get out of your grave.
You have so much to say.
Please, tell me when.
Then, tell it again.

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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