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That I were ill or blind
so that the calming touch
of your cool and gentle hand
would be a balm to my forehead
and give me closure.
That blood would stream
from my wounded arm
so you would hold me gingerly
and linger as my vision left,
an angel in the desert of perpetual night.
That I were dying under the stars,
your arm draped gracefully across my chest
and your nose breathing softly into my neck
as you kiss my cheek good-bye
and let the moonlight steal my soul.

But instead I am alone and healthy,
and come to see your smile shine
for a man who is not me,
with a woman I do not love.
And still none of us,
save myself,
is as broken
and abortive as the sapling in your yard,
which I drove over as I was pulling in.

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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TolkienLewisWhitman said...
Jul. 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm
I have read some of your writing, and you have mastered the art of using figurative language! I do feel that this poem in particular could have given an picture that was a little clearer, but other than that this is great!
 
HisPurePrincessThis 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...
Mar. 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm
It's very...intruiging.  I don't quite know if I like the picture of it, or what it says to me, but I do like the flow and it's well written.
 
KrystalT said...
Nov. 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm
This sounds like something Stephanie Meyer would write.
 
WhiteShadows said...
Oct. 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm
MelaineLousie I agree. So beautiful. You have talent, my friend.
 
MelanieLouise This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 1, 2010 at 11:07 am
i adore this, very deep but almost innocent. keep writing, Mel
 
SKN17 said...
Jun. 22, 2010 at 8:35 am

I love the deep emotions you have conveyed, and the little twist in the ending :)

You write beautifully, well done! :)

 
xBaByGiRrL22x said...
Apr. 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm
incredible work. so deep with emotion from beginning 2 end. amazing job!
 
aspiring.author.09 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 19, 2010 at 11:08 pm
Incredible, consistent mood until the very last sentence - what a contrast! A bit of humour but deep emotion. Great job!
 
sarahmarie said...
Dec. 10, 2009 at 9:43 pm
Beautiful.
 
ChowD This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 6, 2009 at 8:12 pm
wow, this made me cry. i love your writing!
 
~Reaa.Mae~ said...
Dec. 4, 2009 at 11:00 am
Oh wow. Powerful.
Keep it up darlin'. : )
 
SickImage said...
Sept. 28, 2009 at 9:55 am
Aw i like it! :]
 
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