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sometimes i remember
dr. seuss books that declared
with such certainty
that individuality was
all that mattered

bible verses that explained
why we would be going to hell
if we didn’t pick up the pace

looking through mousetraps
and crossing our fingers
as we prayed:

don’t die, little guy,
don’t die, don’t die.

now,
on an apple-juice stained sofa
i watch smoke leave
a sagging body in a gray sweatshirt directly
through the nose
and i wonder if this is what
dr. seuss meant all those years ago about
nonsense waking up the brain cells.

and i’m thinking,
i shouldn’t let you do this.

but then again,
i am such a hypocrite.

sometimes i remember
sunday school priests
and how they would describe
heaven as this place where
you love god
so passionately that
it is enough
and it is enough
and it is enough.

so maybe if i could believe in
boys in the ripped jeans
and gray hoodies
enough to make them gods
i could make this world
heaven and i could tie-dye
my past blue and green
and it would serve as earth.

sometimes i remember god,
and sometimes he remembers me.

but i always seem to
remember you.

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 June 2009 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.




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NathanB said...
Jan. 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm:
I love how you used Dr. Suess in the poem, very good! Please check out some of my stuff.
 
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Missundrstoodx2 said...
Jan. 18, 2012 at 12:33 am:
fantastic. so difficult to combine the changing fallacies and truths from childhood to now; the contradictions, irony, and difficult realizations. you tackle this concept well.
 
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sophza said...
Dec. 5, 2011 at 11:16 pm:
I love the idea of tie-dying your past, creating your own perfect world. great image!
 
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mcc524 said...
Dec. 5, 2011 at 12:19 pm:
This poem is relatable to my life and it was wel written. I love it!
 
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FlyyAwayy Blake said...
Dec. 5, 2011 at 11:05 am:
Great poem...Love the thoughts you leave behind after you read it.
 
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youngspeare said...
Dec. 5, 2011 at 8:31 am:
Beautiful piece :) The flow is great, the emotion you have outy into it, even better. Cheers.
Check out my poem "Ghosts of the Past". Would really appreciate your feedback. 
 
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MadiPaige said...
Nov. 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm:
This is very moving! nicely done. This artwork you have put together can relate to so many people in an infinite amount of ways. Beautiful!
 
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LifesIllusion said...
Nov. 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm:
The ending is my favorite! It just makes the whole poem:)
 
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goddess_of_the_moon_123 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm:
The last two lines are especially beautiful
 
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Lexie96 said...
Oct. 23, 2011 at 7:11 pm:
Only thing I can even think to critique is watching to capitalize. But I have a feeling that might have been a concious effort on your part. Great job, I really feel as though this poem is relatable! Think you could check out my work sometime? Anyone, please?
 
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EyesofBlueFire said...
Oct. 22, 2011 at 10:15 am:
I am simply speechless. This poem left me with a quizzical feeling at the end, and I feel like I can connect to it. :) You did a great job, keep writing.
 
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KarinaSmiles said...
Sept. 30, 2011 at 8:55 pm:
Awesome poem !!! Great job!
 
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Marissa14 said...
Sept. 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm:
this is wonderful(: check out some of my work... :) thanks!
 
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Shyzilla said...
Sept. 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm:
this is absolutely beautiful, i cant tell you how much i loved reading it!!
 
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Mimi15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm:
J'adore! Check out some of my stuff (:
 
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dancer11srubin said...
Jul. 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm:
It was really unique, most poems have some of similar topics but you brought out a religous theme in this piece, and I adored it. Keep writing :)
 
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akbr_gurl said...
Jul. 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm:
simply AMAZING. something about it took my breath away made me want more... i love love love it! great job, never stop writing!!!!
 
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MayaJun3 said...
Jul. 4, 2011 at 9:19 pm:

This has moved me in ways I don't think people can understand. You have an extrodinary gift that I am so jealous of and that you should be so greatful for. 

The way you talked about God and such touched me even though I am not a religious person. Keep it up. You are fantastic.

 
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iluff2sing said...
Jul. 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm:
This is the best poem I have ever read. 
 
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Em287 said...
Jun. 12, 2011 at 4:19 pm:
Wow! I LOVE the lines "Sometimes I remember God, and sometimes he remembers me." That is a breathtaking statement and it's heartbreaking at the same time. This is wonderful!
 
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