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Carolyn says she believes in angels
while mascara spiders creep thickly along the
heavy baggage beneath her eyes like the
black pitch of the school hallways at night or
the charcoal that she dips her fingernails in and I
remember cheating on my math test that morning
So
I tell her I believe in people.

Roasted honey nut, the color she was born with but
you really wouldn’t know it because of the midnight L’Oréal
she chooses, tragically highlighted with Punk Pink or
Raging Red from a bottle and 15
minutes of waiting –
It spills limply over her black eyes whenever she leans down to write and
Carolyn says she believes in fate.

In planets aligning in the universe and
Feng shui that keeps mice away and prevents ulcers but also
makes a girl fall in love with a boy but
I know all about chemistry and hormones and catalysts so I
think I believe in science.

In reincarnation, she thinks she’ll come back as a bird
Or maybe a peacock and I say I agree when I
see those striped stockings that come to her knees and
neon earrings lifeless at her shoulders but she only laughs …
tells me I never really see her and to
call her later.

Now with the dial tone in my ear
the cold trembling and I’m suffocating on nothing
because I really see her and I
know she believes in the afterlife but
she doesn’t believe in laughter and
the phone just rings and rings and rings …

Carolyn said she believed in angels.

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 January 2009 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.





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tennisislovee34 said...
Oct. 18, 2009 at 6:52 pm:
This is reallly good!:) I like it, it makes me teary eyed D: keep up the good workkK!
 
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Hayden L. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm:
Wow! that is so good! I think the lack of punctuation makes it better! dont listen to those saying you made grammar mistakes... it's awesome.
 
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aleelee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 18, 2009 at 10:34 am:
i love the way you make a picture in my head when i read that, it was fantastic! its sad, but its still one of the best poems ive read. ur a great writer!
 
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InfinityRose said...
Oct. 1, 2009 at 5:26 pm:
The imagery in this is spectacular, and I find this poem incredibly sad, though beautifully written.
 
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PurpleMidnight said...
Sept. 26, 2009 at 9:34 pm:
Wow! This is one of the best articles ive ever read. I love the serious attitude with a dash of something else I cannot place my finger on. Keep on writing. I can't wait to see more from you!
 
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Ariana T. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 26, 2009 at 9:01 pm:
Wow i really like this. The whole feel is foreshadowing, especially the part about her fingers being dipped in black. I love it--- its beautiful. I'm not sure if it matters how it's read? I know it's free verse, but some punctuation would help with how the author wants the pauses interpreted...thanks =)
 
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GirlWithWings56This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 26, 2009 at 8:47 am:
That is a great poem. Beautiful and touching. Keep on keeping on! =)
 
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Wildheart This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 26, 2009 at 8:11 am:
wow, this is awesome!!!!! i love it, it makes you think a lot
 
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Mystery_Girl said...
Sept. 24, 2009 at 8:11 am:
This is amazing! My favorite! Beautiful!
 
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kayleefaith said...
Aug. 24, 2009 at 10:35 pm:
i think i can honestly say this is one of my favorite poems ive ever read... seriously great great writing.
 
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Writerzhand said...
Aug. 23, 2009 at 3:32 pm:
Wow, that's uber awesome! Great!
 
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Chanel G. said...
Aug. 23, 2009 at 1:38 am:
This piece is incredible. Beautiful
 
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Schubster said...
Aug. 22, 2009 at 2:44 pm:
awesome poem :) keep writing
 
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Alectix D. said...
Aug. 22, 2009 at 12:56 pm:
Awesome images and real life.
 
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DreamingPoet89 said...
May 24, 2009 at 8:11 pm:
This is very very GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep writing :-)
 
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ITalkToAngels said...
Apr. 14, 2009 at 9:02 pm:
Ahhhhmazing. This is frigging mind-blowing.
 
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francheeze88 said...
Apr. 4, 2009 at 3:35 am:
this is so powerfull
 
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firstsnowfalls This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 26, 2009 at 7:07 pm:
wow. this was amazing. I am...blown away. please keep writing. i can feel the emotion.
 
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kissingdawn331 said...
Mar. 5, 2009 at 7:12 pm:
incredible...it kind of reminds me of THE CATALYST the book....i reallly got what u were saying great job
 
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Jess H. said...
Feb. 27, 2009 at 5:27 am:
Incredible
 
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