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     I remember a pianist with a temper
who bent time to fit an ocean
in a measure, but was delicate enough
to wait for the rain to fall.
I remember the curly laugh of a short
man, who, with pursed lips,
drew a rich melody from a golden
saxophone and swaying feet.
Their eyes were closed,
breathing long forgotten,
both drunken with the moment of being.
I was thrown into the sea after
my father discovered I never learned how to swim. There, I felt my legs struggle forever in a neutral ocean.
I remember summer in my grandmother’s dim room. Crouching, she whispered that
dying was easy for a human.
And that night, I sat sideways on my
cousin’s bicycle as he flew down
lonely streets, where he told me
his dreams in a language I cannot
remember.


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 October 2007 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.




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AmazinGracey said...
today at 8:34 am:
Beautifully composed.
 
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sabrina1499 said...
Jun. 10 at 11:43 pm:
Absolutely loved it!! 
 
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JofieThis 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...
Apr. 13 at 3:05 pm:
Woooow!!!! very very well done!!! =D I really extremly loved this poem..it was truly awesome. Please give some feedback on my poem. =D Thanks! -Alex
 
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OldYoungOne said...
Nov. 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm:
Scattered memories are the best memories but anyways I like the peom and the direction it took me :)   Would you mind reading my pieces as well? I would appreciate it greatly if you gave me feedback on my work.
 
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Kiyoko This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 29, 2011 at 11:12 am:
This has a lot of great lines. Very inventive descriptions. Check out my work?
 
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Anonymous01This 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...
Aug. 26, 2010 at 1:06 pm:
this is a really ....words cannot explain, but it is extremely well done :DDDD
 
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Katie W. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 23, 2009 at 7:04 pm:
Wonderful; one of my favorite poems. At first, it seemed a bit scattered; but then I looked to your title and understood. These are probably memories that are important to you. Something you felt, if captured in a photograph, would bring these specific memories to mind. That's how I interpretted it anyway.
 
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Kayla*Marie said...
Jun. 5, 2009 at 8:14 pm:
wonderful , just deep , and wonderful
 
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tamtam said...
May 18, 2009 at 7:32 pm:
I kind of daont get it? butother that like I like it with out getting it. Great Job!!!
 
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Aro_To_The_Heart This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 11, 2009 at 7:32 pm:
really heart wrenching. great for the soul. you have some real talent, which is hard to find these days. good job. can't wait for more...
 
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Kimberly M. said...
Apr. 30, 2009 at 11:34 pm:
its great.. i like it a lott!
<3
 
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chelchelbear said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 4:59 pm:
not bad... not bad... couldn't really get it but that may just be me... but nice any way it seemed soothing!... lates
 
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firstsnowfalls This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 24, 2009 at 5:47 pm:
wow...very powerful. Great job!
 
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vmprexXmelodies said...
Mar. 9, 2009 at 3:36 am:
i liked it.
 
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