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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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ashbash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 11:37 am:
that poem really got me thinking and opened so many doors that were locked with writers block. in other words, that was amazing and thankyou. keep writing!
 
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RedMapleLeaf said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 1:25 am:
Love the symbolism. Completely brilliant.
 
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Lucy4himnotu said...
Dec. 18, 2009 at 12:36 pm:
I love how you took something so simple, so stupid, and so funny as chuck norris, and you made it into something meaningful, and heart breakingly serious. You captured the feeling of how important those little memories become, and how they make you feel after they're gone. Thank you. this was a pleasure to read. Or rather, to feel.
 
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Writerzhand said...
Nov. 26, 2009 at 5:46 pm:
Excelllent.
 
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Kagome said...
Nov. 25, 2009 at 10:08 pm:
i loved it it made me think and feel what i have never experienced
 
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Charliieee said...
Nov. 22, 2009 at 3:25 pm:
Beautiful.
 
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Paig3Cagl3 said...
Nov. 4, 2009 at 2:53 pm:
Great meaning and insight. I loved it.
Beautiful poem darling=]
-Please check out my poems that I have posted it would be greatly apreciated.
 
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aydenblack This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 3, 2009 at 10:51 pm:
Loverly.
That's all I can say.
Loverly.
 
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Amanda S. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 3, 2009 at 9:31 pm:
Thanks so much, all of you. ^.^
 
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Celine D.This 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...
Jul. 18, 2009 at 1:16 pm:
I love your work. Really symbolic.
 
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JacintaT said...
Aug. 15, 2009 at 5:15 am:
Deserved to be published.
 
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SaraB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 8, 2009 at 2:23 pm:
Wow, I love the way you write about something so seemingly insignificant as duct tape and turn it into something so symbolic. Great job, I'm glad this got published.
 
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