Late-Night Phone Calls This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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It's 2 a.m.,
I've been holding your hand
for two hours
through this drunk phone call
and you continue
to slur your speech,
spilling out everything
you thought I should know.

I was calm,
if neither of us was,
I would've hung up long ago.
As you begin to cry,
your voice gets increasingly louder
and somehow more steady
with each syllable you get out
(through the alcohol)
the liquid gives you courage
I wish you didn't have,
and I feel the burn
of tears coming on,
but I can't,
I won't
I have to fix you.

I have hung up now,
and I don't know what you are doing,
or if you will remember this,
but thanks to my sobriety,
I will remember forever.
It will replay in my mind
for weeks
and I won't sleep tonight.
You have disrupted
my perfectly planned night,
and despite your flattery
and guilt,
I am angry,
because you gave me this burden,
a burden I shouldn't have to carry.

It's 2:17 a.m.,
the shower is my comfort,
and as the heat hits my back,
I feel the panic rise.
I pull myself a little closer,
hoping my stomach won't fall out,
into the drain.
The water streams out faster, and
I pretend the water is ridding me
of you.
Gripping tightly onto the curtain, I get out
and my eyelids hang heavy,
no longer able to shed their skins.
sitting on my bed,
I can't control my spinning head, and

makes me forget.

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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elmosoreo said...
Sept. 26, 2010 at 8:01 pm
This is great....I had an experience that reminds me of this. :( sigh....oh well.. 
bbygurl21 said...
Jul. 5, 2010 at 2:54 pm
wow this is amezing piece of work. you are a better writer then i am☺☺☺
Smarty638 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 1, 2010 at 7:56 pm
thank you so much!i'm flattered you read it! I didn't know it had been published in the mag until u have any idea what issue it was in??? Thanks!!!
sparkofheart replied...
Jun. 2, 2010 at 7:16 pm
the latest (june 2010) issue! wow its so amazing i loved it you have an amazing way with words :)
TheSummoningFreak said...
Jun. 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm
WOW, is all i can think of to say. this is the best i've read in a while i love it. i like the suspence cause i son't knwo who she was talking to and what about i like it great job
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