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Clementine walks with me on Mondays
She tells me about her job and her past
She works the late shift at the waffle house
She has three brothers and a cat named Oreo
She wears her hair in braids
Tells me it used to shine like butter
Which I don't quite understand
Tells me you had to see it to know what she meant

Clementine has dark circles that shadow her eyes
She tells me it's from her late hours
She doesn't mind because she gets paid all right
She likes the smell of eggs at 2 a.m.
She doesn't get many tips but the conversation is good
Tells me about truck drivers
Who tell her about their families
Tells me about teenagers
Who might as well be veterans of a tired war

Clementine clutches the ring that hangs from her neck
She tells me its story the most
She used to wear the ring on her finger
She used to hold his hand
She used to work the day shift at the waffle house
So she could come home to him
Tells me how funerals can break your already broken spirit
And I know it still hurts her like before
Tells me how she puts flowers on his grave
And I know she hates going to that ghost town alone
So I walk with Clementine on Mondays

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so_joy said...
Apr. 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm
Wow. I am speechless. That was incredible. Wow.
 
Lizette said...
Dec. 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm
That was amazing.  I didn't really get the gist of it at the beginning, but once i read it all the way through, i understoof perfictly.  and some times, those are the best peoms.  great job!
 
Winter-Wolf said...
May 21, 2010 at 6:12 pm
That was amazingly amazing. I really feel like I know Clementine. This is one of my favorite poems.
 
sonnysulouff This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm
I absolutely love this poem! :) You are such an amazing poet! Keep it up! :) :) :)
 
KiNABABE said...
Feb. 12, 2010 at 7:03 am
Truely amazing
one of best poems I've ever read.
 
cdurk said...
Feb. 6, 2010 at 3:36 pm
this is absolutely amazing.
you have a great talent and it's good to see that it isn't being wasted. at all.
 
CaptainFabulous. said...
Feb. 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm
you ... have talent
did you make this up out of nowhere?!?
if so it is truly incredible
read some of my stuf??
plz...
 
AmnyR said...
Feb. 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm
totally 5 stars, this is amazing!
 
the_Horsegirl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:15 pm
I loved this poem. If there is anything I would change, it would be to make the first paragraph sound a little less "catalog-y" I think the details about the brothers and the cat named Oreo are somewhat irrelevant and distracting.
Otherwise, really good job. Keep writing!
 
Katherine H. said...
Sept. 6, 2009 at 5:24 pm
wow
it almost made me cry.
it was like wow.
speechless. lol
 
lovehate29 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 6, 2009 at 4:50 pm
This piece is very creative and beautiful. I love the ending. So sweet. Great job. Five stars for you!
 
*meagan* said...
Sept. 5, 2009 at 1:22 pm
that is beautiful peom!!! i loved it
 
Racheal K. said...
Sept. 3, 2009 at 7:22 pm
This was completely awesome! You should really keep writing!
 
Christian T. said...
Sept. 3, 2009 at 5:29 pm
AWWW! You're gonna make me cry. (lol) Very detailed with a lot of emotions. it made me feel for Clementine. :(
 
writtendesires said...
Sept. 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm
This was such a beautiful poem. it told a story and it was a poem. it is unique i enjoyed every second every line spoke it's own story. wonderful. this is very beautiful.
 
keyboard_musican said...
Sept. 3, 2009 at 10:12 am
thats was spectacular i loved it, it was so much more than a poem telling a story you could really feel the emotions
 
MorningStar15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 2, 2009 at 8:05 pm
THIS WAS %100 B E A U T I F U L ! ! ! this is amazing sad and a wonderful story in a perfect poem! <3ed it
<3,
Kayla
 
IrisGlorianaFletcher This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 2, 2009 at 9:34 pm
Thank you for your comment Kayla. To know that one of my pieces has afffected someone else is incredibly rewarding. Always, Iris
 
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