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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 July 2009 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.




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HallieAnnaLissette said...
Jun. 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm:
I love the transition in your words, it squeezed my heart :o) Beautifully sad in a soothing way.
 
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JoPepperThis 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. said...
May 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm:
That was really good, I loved it.  Can you please check out some of my work.  Thank you.  I<3 it.
 
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Purple-Licious said...
May 11, 2011 at 7:20 pm:
is is amazing loved it i was speechless
 
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leahg12 said...
May 10, 2011 at 7:35 pm:
You took those words straight from my heart. You must have... Because reading them nearly ripped my heart out... (In a good way). Thank you for creating this.
 
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lala15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm:
o. my. god. speechless.
 
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unicornninja said...
Mar. 28, 2011 at 7:56 pm:
Amazing! I almost cried reading it! I was really moved
 
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AzianPunk said...
Mar. 16, 2011 at 5:50 pm:
Wow. amazing poetry. It moved me.
 
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SweetbeanieThis 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. said...
Mar. 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm:
REALLY, REALLY LIKE THIS!!!
 
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andshesfearlesss said...
Mar. 16, 2011 at 9:16 am:
this is amazing. words can't even explain how amazing this is to me. 
 
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WriterGeek<3 said...
Jan. 31, 2011 at 9:43 pm:
Even though its religious. It can carry a meaning to everyone. It reminded me of childhood. When everything was good enough. (Just my interpretation)
 
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Vidra This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 31, 2011 at 7:19 pm:

Ok this is so powerful that it almost made me cry. And the werid thing is that it's not even a sad poem. But it kinda is? I don't know there was a tinge of sadness I could feel. Favorite lines:

"...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."

 
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KiyokoThis 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...
Jan. 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm:
Oh my god. You are an amazing writer. This is a very, very good writer. My only comment is that the last two lines, "but I always seem to remember you" doesn't really seem to fit into the rest of the poem. Seriously great poem though. It really means something. 
 
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claudiathewho This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm:

This stood out to me:

 

don’t die, don’t die.

now,
on an apple-juice stained sofa

 

and I don't know why. Nice poem overall. The picture made me want cupcakes.

 
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GamerGirl said...
Dec. 30, 2010 at 6:34 pm:

love it love it love it! 

reminds me of my past :)

 
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reddd8 said...
Dec. 18, 2010 at 9:04 pm:
amazing poem(:
 
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Emilie said...
Dec. 18, 2010 at 11:49 am:
i really liked this poem but i got a sort of different view of it.  I thought it was more negative on God, and I really agree.  I think that I believe in him but its hard to remember all the time, I seem to put other things on a higher level.  I've been toying with writing poems on believing but not necessesarily being happy with it? And I like the idea of corrputing the innocent. <3
 
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Brooklynn said...
Nov. 26, 2010 at 9:34 pm:
this poem was really good and i loved it. Also sometimes the best poems dont have the best punctuation. I really loved it and you are a very talented writer.
 
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classngrl said...
Nov. 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm:
that kinda made u think bout what ur missing in life when u dont stop to think about it
 
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MeanPeopleDead said...
Nov. 15, 2010 at 9:59 am:
This is beautiful. It reminds me of sad cupcakes smoking ciggarettes on the sidewalk outside of the local bar
 
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GemValley250 said...
Oct. 25, 2010 at 8:54 am:
Great job! Really long and really good poem. I enjoyed it. Thanks very much for commenting on my work! ! !
 
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