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This is fall,
swirling colors and sharp mornings
swimming like leaves onto the ground
to be crushed like paper skulls
under the feet of scuffling schoolchildren.

This is now, and what if today,
we were all to wake up and live?
Doves and lovers calling from the couch,
I'm in a suit with long fingers and a broken doll
around my neck,
what are you doing?
I am gripping a pen and sitting in a hard ­plastic desk
in a room of people who don't know who I am,
who are you?
I am pin-striped, dyed, warm and bubbly, ­ruined but brand-new,
what do you look like?
This is fall, swirling and clear,
and it is nice to meet you.

Fall is for thinking and laughing,
like all of the seasons, I think,
I don't know. I'm just a silly girl with purses
of stolen food
love notes
and notebooks with cursive words flowering off all the pages,
like open-mouthed calls for attention. These words are gaudy.

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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Powd3er said...
Dec. 1, 2009 at 2:54 pm
This poem has great flow and insight.
I really enjoyed it.
Lovely poem darling =]
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Nov. 24, 2009 at 7:17 pm
i absolutely LOVED this. the flow of it was amazing. there was just something about this one that stands out to me from all of the other poems ive read today. Finally found one i wanted to comment! =) nice work! keep it up
 
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