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

My nearly five-year-old
sister handed
me a colorful mess
of glue, dry beans
and magic marker.
“To Sayre,
Love, Meg”
it read,
with a backwards G.
She beamed so openly
with her missing tooth
as she watched me study it.
I tried to find recognizable
in the tangled creation
of her green and blue hands.
“That’s you!” she said,
poking a tiny finger
at the large, green blob
on the right.
“And that’s me.”
I smiled at her.
Holding back the laughter,
and unexplainable tears
that tried to flow
at the token of innocence
and love.
I wish things were
as they were then,
so simple.
When warmth came easily
and anger never visited,
when the blue
stick arms connecting us
still held
as strongly as our
clasped hands.

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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Lily">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...
Jan. 16 at 11:42 pm
i love this so much!
classicStara said...
Sept. 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm
this is really beautiful. i think it really takes someone back to their own childhood memories, or at least something similar to this. 
brown eyed said...
Jan. 29, 2009 at 2:10 pm
thats co cute :):):):):)
Kimmie93 said...
Dec. 13, 2008 at 5:08 am
I love this, I thought it was really great. :) And a very true poem, as well. It would be nice if things were as simple when your older, as when you're just a child.
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