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I was told to write poetry.
Uninspired, unintentional poetry.
Clichés running through my mind,
Write about love, about death, about Mom, Dad
Gay, straight, chairs, phones, technology, pugs.
I settled on poetry.
Bad poetry, specifically. Should I rhyme?
I don’t have the time.
See what I did there.
This isn’t art, we never were.
You remind me of bad poetry, all lines
No substance, I could hardly read your
Face, contorted like a Shakespearean sonnet.
Always too confusing for me.
A little too revealing,
You smelled like coffee and newsprint.
I dropped you like my AP Composition class,
Always too hard, with never enough benefits.
And now, you make me write bad poetry,
The irony you left behind, like your sweater
I can still smell you on my skin
When I hold it, hold you
Come back to me.
Coping out with a line like that,
And ending this poem abruptly.
You remind me of bad poetry.

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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heyhannah93 said...
today at 9:05 pm:
This is the best poem I have ever read! 
 
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insert_name_here said...
Jan. 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm:
this is the best poem I've heard all day, and I hear a lot of poetry! I would realy like to see more of your work. :)
 
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Rachel_K11 said...
Jan. 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm:
This poem was really great - and I'm sincerely not just saying that! I loved how you used humor, it really kept me interested. I struggle so much to place any type of humor into my writing pieces! (not that I'm a downer or super-dull, I just find it difficult WHEN to place it!) I thought it bizare (and funny) how you placed 'pug' at the end of the verse where you were mentioning 'cliches'. Also how you ended the poem was powerful to me, you threw in a few lines of &#... (more »)
 
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