shh silence This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

my mother is beautiful
like antique metal
and dusty engagement rings.
i look in her tarnished silver
hand mirror
and try to turn my face
in search of resemblance,
but the glass
is freckled with age
and i have mascara runs on my cheeks
so i put it facedown again
and draw a smile on its dusty back
instead.

wind chimes sound outside
as my fingertips brush her earrings
and necklaces,
remember times
when i'd sit on her bed
and choose jewels for her to wear
while sipping warm milk
from a covered cup.

there's a watercolor hung
over a crack in the off-white wall
of a flower vase i did in fifth grade.
i still taste the pride
as i stare at it now
while fingering my mother's dark-gold
engagement ring
adorned with a sapphire framed by diamonds
she refuses to have it resized
(i would too.)

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 September 2009 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.






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beautifulspirit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm
This is nostalgic in a way~ A mother-daughter memory that can't be touched.
 
MelanieLouise This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 5, 2010 at 11:18 am
great imagery. awsome job. keep writing, Mel :)
 
thelastclarissa This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 20, 2010 at 9:43 am
I love the way you write.
 
ShernayB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm
This is very beautiful. Amazing actually. you are a great writer.
 
EricaJo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 19, 2010 at 7:49 pm
i love this! itsgreat at painting a picture without shoving huge words in here just because.
 
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