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Duct Tape Love This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

I’m trying so hard,
picking the pieces of me
up off of the floor,
putting them back
into an imperfect, imbalanced,
human teenage girl,
holding her together.

Got nothing to stick her
back together with
but love and memories
and your dumb jokes
that never made me laugh –
like the one about duct tape and the force –
both have a light side and a dark side
and hold the world together.
Now it’s holding her together.

Got nothing to prop her up on
but summer nights and tears
and your stupid clichés
about boy things, like Chuck Norris,
how he holds duct tape together.
Now it’s holding her together.

Got nothing to give her life with
but puddles and laughter
and your annoying wisecracks,
always making fun of me:
how silence is golden
but duct tape is silver,
holding your lips together.
Now it’s holding her together.

My work isn’t perfect.
It’s messy and lopsided;
it’s hormonally imbalanced,
but I’ve got enough of you
and enough duct tape
and it’s holding her together.

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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Xavier T. said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm
this makes me feel nice and so it's because of writters like you that keep my hopes up.
 
ImAnAlien replied...
Apr. 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm
o my god! I love it! sounds like me! i relate. its amazing!
 
TheContentedWanderer94 said...
Jan. 3, 2011 at 7:59 am
I can relate to this. I love poetry that makes me feel like I'm not alone. Thank you! and Keep Writing! You have a gift!
 
Xavier T. replied...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm
I agree with you. such love and compation. I can relate to this to.
 
cantabile said...
Dec. 20, 2010 at 8:31 pm
hey great job. I like how you used somewhat of a general thing to write about that we could relate to, but also took it much further and deeper. 
 
kylahhhhhhhhhhhhhh said...
Dec. 5, 2010 at 12:06 pm
wow that is just so  beautiful! keep it up!
 
pookie11 said...
Nov. 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm
i feel like this poem more then you can ever know!!!
 
shychick101This 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...
Nov. 13, 2010 at 8:47 am
i really liked it!! good job!!
 
alexxeo said...
Oct. 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I really liked this poem... So simple, so complex(:

Great job:DD

 
Nicole93 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm
ahh if i read this correctly this is exactly how i feel!
 
Lostinbooks This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 5, 2010 at 12:29 am

I felt the transition from "I" to "her" was a bit abrupt.  But other than that...wow.

 

I've just been thinking I needed duct taped.  And look, you've already written a poem on the subject of 'human duct tape!' Nice work :)

 
RebeccaMey said...
Aug. 3, 2010 at 2:09 am
You are an amazing writer, and I can relate to the part about needing to be put back together.
 
LuvKirstyn14 said...
Jul. 26, 2010 at 2:30 pm
i defnitely thing the word choice is great, but i did get a little confused in the middle. good job, though. plz read my pieces! :)
 
saveyourheart said...
Jul. 25, 2010 at 8:17 pm

wow,

this is really good.!

 
SarahJumps said...
May 21, 2010 at 6:24 am
this is really, really great. one thing that stumbled me a little while reading your poem is that in the beginning, you are clearly talk about YOU. (you use the word my) then towards the second half, you switch over to "Her". if you want your poem to do that then thats more than fine, i just wanted to make u aware that you were switching. :)
 
maRAWR This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm

for a lot of us, its probably poetry, and not duct tape thats holding us together ;P

loved the poem!

 
bloodypoet said...
Mar. 16, 2010 at 12:46 am
very nice one.
 
mandielynnrose said...
Feb. 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm
Oh wow I can relate to this. It's weird that we miss these people that at the time we got so irritated by.
 
Kaitlyn C. said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 5:24 pm
wow this is amazing...keep up the good work hun
 
PoetLaureate said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 4:43 pm
Agreed!!!!!!!!!
 
PoetLaureate said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 4:41 pm
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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