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“Dance with me?”
In the end, you refused to
judge me for my sweat-stained pink T-shirt.
I still find it hard to believe you'd
look past my shaking, grass-smeared denim knees.
I assumed you would
turn me down, as if out of embarrassment.
But how could you
be so accepting?
I knew you couldn't
be what everyone said you were.
You really turned out to
be kind of sweet.
I think I believed that you would
be like this.
I knew, deep down, you would.
In a sea of sticky, hot bodies,
all awkward legs and big feet,
we flashed, multi-colored, under the cheap strobe lights.
The school gym's ceiling was strung with crepe paper;
your freckled cheeks were dyed blue, then green, then red.
We stood facing each other, your hazel eyes piercing my brown ones,
with only a small distance between us.

With only a small distance between us,
we stood facing each other, your hazel eyes piercing my brown ones.
Your freckled cheeks were dyed blue, then green, then red;
the school gym's ceiling was strung with crepe paper.
We flashed, multi-colored, under the cheap strobe lights,
all awkward legs and big feet,
in a sea of sticky, hot bodies.
I knew, deep down, you would
be like this.
I think I believed that you would
be kind of sweet.
You really turned out to
be what everyone said you were.
I knew you couldn't
be so accepting.
But how could you
turn me down, as if out of embarrassment?
I assumed you would
look past my shaking, grass-smeared denim knees.
I still find it hard to believe you'd
judge me for my sweat-stained pink T-shirt.
In the end, you refused to
dance with me.

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ThisLitIsBananasThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 2, 2011 at 3:29 pm:
Aww, thank you everyone! Yeah it was hard, but it was fun - and once you start writing poems like this, you can't stop! For weeks afterwards, I couldn't write a poem without thinking of how it would sound backwards :)
 
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lilmartz This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 2, 2011 at 12:33 am:
This seems like it was a really tough assignment, but you did it flawlessly. This poem is amazing in both ways. Please keep writing :)
 
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Xadon said...
Jan. 1, 2011 at 11:46 pm:
It was heartbreaking and yet sweet and loveing the reapting made it better. Keep writing.
 
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justsmileanddance said...
Jan. 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm:
love ti!! love how its the opposite forward and backwards with a different ending! love it!
 
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Kels_W. said...
Dec. 31, 2010 at 3:20 pm:
Love it! the same words in different a different order evokes polar opposite emotions. It has wonderful flow and is easy to make sense of.
 
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folababy said...
Dec. 31, 2010 at 12:42 am:
the assingment did not sound easy but i think you did a great job at it! both stanzas evoke two different feelings while using the same words. i liked it.
 
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