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Can I Tell You Anyway? This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

how are you?
i'm fine
no, really, how are you?
discontent.
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?

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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Hannaleiigh This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 15, 2010 at 9:47 am:
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.
 
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Smileyky108 said...
Jun. 15, 2010 at 8:31 am:
i love this. Great job!
 
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Jane_Gracia_Volturi said...
Feb. 25, 2010 at 5:24 pm:
that is amazing!! i love it! keep at it! :)
 
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S1234 said...
Feb. 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm:
This is great!!
Comment and rate my work, if you get the chance!
 
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mnkybusiness25 said...
Feb. 25, 2010 at 4:16 pm:
WOWW! thats all i can say. this is amazinggg
 
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