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I pulled all the painted buttons out of their buttonholes.
I stood in front of the mirror so that I could watch.
It hurt a little more than I expected.
I'd never tried to open up myself before.
I watched fingers tugging at my skin.
It slowly pulled apart from the rest of me.
Hanging lifeless at my sides, like an old, misshapen shirt.
I looked at where my heart should have been.
I could feel the familiar thumping when my hand touched my chest.
But what my fingers where touching was something else.
Not an organ, nothing like in the anatomy books.
I wondered if they had ever really opened up a person.
I saw in the mirror a glowing mass of swirling sawdust.
That's what it looked like.
It felt solid to the touch, although my fingers sensed the movement.
I looked to see if I could see my lungs.
They were barely visible.
Streamers of black with a few strings of turquoise, pulsating as I breathed in and out.
It was my stomach confused me.
I thought there would be a lot more to it.
But no, it was just a mass of shining light.
Strange that light can be a solid.
I wondered why the scientists and doctors had separated such a beautiful thing into organs.
I thought to look at my brain, but I hadn't unbuttoned my head.
They had said not to open yourself up too much.
They advised not to do so at all but I had not been able to resist.
I buttoned up my shell again.
The skin took a minute to readjust.
I looked in the mirror and seemed perfectly fine.
To my eyes, at least.

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xximjustmexx said...
Aug. 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm:
i absolutely love the last line I looked in the mirror and seemed perfectly fine. To my eyes at least. That one line sums up the entire poem. Very good.
 
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inkers This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm:
What a gorgeous poem and idea. I could see everything as you saw it. The imagery in this is absolutely stunning, and I just love this. I hope this gets into a book someday. I hope this gets famous. Wonderful job. <3
 
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GangstaEyes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 3, 2010 at 8:44 pm:
This is so original and unique - I've never read anything like it. It really made me think and I LOVE that. Great writing!
 
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apocalyptigirl said...
Sept. 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm:
WOW. This was so cool...magical realism and departures from conventional ways of looking at reality are awesome, btw. :) What stood out to me was, Why does every line have a period on the end except for the last? Did you mean to do that, and if so, why?
 
A.Bekah.Girl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm :
thanks. to make it feel kind of unfinished, i guess. like there's more. everything else is more definite in comparison...
 
wordjunkie replied...
Oct. 9, 2010 at 10:28 am :
never read anything like it, an i read an abnormal amount of books. this is amazing...
 
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