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Can I Tell You Anyway? MAG

October 8, 2009
By Laurenjeannette SILVER, San Rafael, California
Laurenjeannette SILVER, San Rafael, California
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how are you?
i'm fine
no, really, how are you?
just discontent?
feel my hand, it's shaking
i woke up this morning
the smell of PTA smothering
me by the shape of my mother's hands
tapping on the bedroom doorway.
wake up, she says.
in the shower i think of
the hole i'm burning into the
bed out of my body, or the lack thereof
round and long and lean
each limb another continent.
i scrub out my hair with
that shampoo from the drugstore,
the kind that smells like
synthetic ocean breeze
and i rinse off the layer on my scalp,
the sweat i lost over you yesterday
and i find my skin dripping completely to
the swirling drain beneath my toes
which curl when
the water singes my
hunched shoulders.
i pat myself dry with a
dirty towel, because i haven't
done laundry in a week.
i'm too consumed.
with what?
with what, you ask?
but you didn't ask.
can i tell you anyway?

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on Jun. 15 2010 at 9:47 am
Hannaleiigh PLATINUM, Kittery Point, Maine
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I can definitely sympthasize with the theme of the poem, feeling useless and lazy and somewhat dirty. I feel that way when I become anxious or too caught up in something.

on Jun. 15 2010 at 8:31 am
Smileyky108 BRONZE, Venetia, Pennsylvania
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i love this. Great job!

on Feb. 25 2010 at 5:24 pm
Jane_Gracia_Volturi, Robstown, Texas
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on Feb. 25 2010 at 4:31 pm
S1234 BRONZE, Pelham, New York
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This is great!!

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on Feb. 25 2010 at 4:16 pm
artfromtheheart BRONZE, Sharon, Massachusetts
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WOWW! thats all i can say. this is amazinggg

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