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You named me anna.
i will write it on letters, on tests, on not yet solidified concrete,
and it will be on my gravestone, birth certificate, and college diploma.
it will be on the lips of friends, neighbors, family, lovers, and strangers,
perhaps if my dreams are large enough, it will be on the lips of prime ministers or
pop stars, or biographers, or a news reporter or two.
it will never spill from your lips, you'll never form the simple syllable,
never say
anna, clean up your room.
or
anna, why aren't you listening to me?
or
anna, i'm so proud of you.
to the rest of the world, i'm just four letters, two syllables, a palindrome.
but to you
i wonder if i'm anything
if you remember
if you cried
when you signed those papers.
and if you wonder whether i'm still anna
or if i'm betsy, or caroline, or sara?
if you wonder if i have your smile
or your teenage lover's?
whether i have sandy brown curls
or your mother's straight, dark, silk?
if i speak english,
or french,
or spanish,
or perhaps i speak portuguese?
have i ever felt the cold snows of russia on my pale skin?
or the scorching heat of mexico on my summer tan?
am i happy? well-fed? sad?
do i like dogs, or am i more of a cat person?
to the rest of the world i'm anna.
to me, i'm anna.
to you, i'm a
Mistake.

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la-petite-fleur said...
Jul. 25, 2011 at 12:19 am:
I love this poem. :) It's beautiful and so well-written.  
 
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daffodilsNblueskies This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm:
this is beautiful :)
 
Highbarfreak87 replied...
May 17, 2011 at 8:57 pm :
This is an amazing poem, keep writing because your definitely good at it. :)
 
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ird13 said...
Apr. 29, 2010 at 9:47 am:
Wow this is intense. I love the style and the format of it. I actually read it in the magazine and then looked it up online to bookmark it :D <3
 
coldnightswarmfights This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm :
Thank you! It really makes me happy that you put effort into finding my writing. Also, I love your name. I've always wanted to be named Dani.
 
ird13 replied...
May 19, 2010 at 11:22 am :
Aww thanks...I wished I liked it more :/
 
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Jake said...
Mar. 28, 2010 at 8:57 pm:
DEEP! this is great. it actually got me right here! (points to heart)
 
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ellyn-bo-bellyn_2014 said...
Mar. 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm:
i love this poem. it needs to be read by more people. it definately needs to be published. anna... what a name.
 
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Tracy W. said...
Mar. 28, 2010 at 11:45 am:
i loved it and i almost cryied u should publish it
 
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blackamethyst said...
Mar. 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm:
Wow. Really impactful. Keep writing
 
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inspir3d This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm:
i completely agree. this is fantastic, and its honesty is..new, fresh. check out my work? :)
 
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jules16 said...
Mar. 18, 2010 at 12:29 pm:
This is a reallyy good poem. Its really honest, and put together beautifully. How is this not published?
 
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Rebecca24 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 6, 2010 at 9:13 pm:
Beautiful. I love it. Definitely needs to be published.
 
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