Crash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

January 22, 2010
His face
Is partially obscured
by shadows
(and memory)
cast across
in horizontal lines
sliding across
the bridge of his nose,
flowing unevenly
over the jagged scars
underneath his eyes.

It's night outside,
(So dark, so dark)
and she wonders what he's doing here.

“Good evening,” he says, because,
if anything,
he's always been polite.

“Hello,” she says,
tilting her chin up to him.

It's been a long time since she last spoke to him.
Even longer since she last saw him,
even in dreams,
and she's been over him for a while,
but self control was never her strong point.

He looks different-
(Oh God, he is different)
-ly at her now.

“I was in the neighborhood.”
His voice is lower. Deeper.


“Me too,” she jokes,
because she lives here
just like she always has
and he knows that.

His hard eyes glitter
and she thinks that maybe,
just maybe
(maybe not)
he knows why he's here.
Knows what has happened.

(Do you know? Do you? Who I am?)

He pauses,
and she
(here now)
waits patiently for him.
She's been waiting for a while now.

“Good night,” he says,
because he's leaving now
and he's always been polite,
even before the accident.

“Good-bye,” she says,
because she can't
stop him leaving now
and, at least,
he's still polite.

She thinks,
(It's all right. Smile, all right,)
and thinks.
because it's not every day
he's sane enough
to see her.

Know her,

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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MonaA said...
Jun. 11, 2010 at 10:44 am
The meaning of this poem, which is an excellent free verse poem, is pretty clear! It is terrific and very emotional.
shanel said...
Jun. 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm
sike nah dis poem is awesome excellent!
shanel said...
Jun. 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm
i do not understand this poem but this is not a freakin free verse poem doe!
davinder said...
Jun. 10, 2010 at 11:14 am
brilliant and original poem
Kandyz said...
Jun. 10, 2010 at 5:48 am
WOW, enough said
StarStrukk replied...
Aug. 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm
all i have to say is "WOW"
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