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Pick your partners
the teacher said.
I groaned inwardly
as everyone got to their feet.
I stood there,
like the eye of a storm.
Unmoving.
As the people rushed toward each other.

I shut my eyes to block them out
It didn't help.
I could hear them
giggling
laughing
holding hands
together.

But there I was
standing there.
All
Alone.

I bit my lip to keep from crying
embarrassed to the core.
They all turned to look at the teacher
ready and attentive
together.

I opened my eyes
to glare determinedly at her,
hoping half-heartedly,
she would ignore me,
and spare me the humiliation.

Her eyes roved throughout the room
and landed on me.
I sighed,
and my shoulders slumped.
There I was
again.

The leftover person
the scorned one
the let's-be-a-group-of-three-to-not-be-with-her one.

Again.

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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jamikim said...
Apr. 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm:
I really like how you captured how it feels to be left out. spot on! good job.
 
perfectsymmetry18 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm :
Thanks so much :)
 
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