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Grateful This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

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When I slip
beneath the sheets, spent
as a sodden tea bag,
I am grateful.
In my mind it snows.

Noiseless snow,
the kind that artists paint
for Christmas cards
and poets call down –
perfect for angels,
or a hoof print
if I were a deer.

Silent, still
as a sleeping newborn
in my mind

when I awake to dawn
illuminating
the underbellies of leaves,
my muscles rested.
I lie, awed
by the quiet strength of one
infantile morning
and the heat creeps
like a secret
through the radiator.

And I am grateful.
In my mind it snows.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the April 2008 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.





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decembersun14 said...
Apr. 1, 2010 at 10:57 am:
Very simple and moving. i loved it :)
 
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aminaroots said...
Feb. 14, 2010 at 12:03 am:
I really like this, its super simple, but it makes me think in depth. Amazing.
 
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ilovetinkerbell said...
Nov. 16, 2009 at 1:11 pm:
I loved it. Great job on writing it.
 
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Hallow said...
Nov. 16, 2009 at 10:43 am:
Simple. Amazing. The imagery is warming and really conveys feeling. I love it. This quality of poetry seems to be hard to come by.
 
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tamtam said...
May 18, 2009 at 7:36 pm:
Great visuals, like WOW this peom really brings out the difference in things to compare to the world. GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!
 
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Mai X. said...
Apr. 18, 2009 at 2:05 am:
Brilliant poem! I love the way you described everything!
 
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xxnblyxx said...
Feb. 16, 2009 at 12:13 am:
Great visuals and great descriptiveness
 
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Lisaljb said...
Jan. 7, 2009 at 4:20 am:
This is indeed a lovely poem, you did well and defifnitely deserved to be published!
 
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sarahd said...
Dec. 5, 2008 at 3:53 pm:
Wow, I really loved this poem. It's so calming and the visuals are unique and refreshing. I really like how the hushed, calm quality of the poem is just like the snow you write of. Great job!
 
Duane replied...
May 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm :

Love this poem so freaking awsome and calming

 

 
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