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She likes a boy
And her grandfather's in a hospital
Some six thousand miles away,
Surviving every day but
Slowly losing his smile.
She likes a boy
And her grandfather has thirty-six
Tumors on his spine,
Two in his pancreas
And says he feels fine but
He's refusing to eat.
She likes a boy
And her grandfather might not
Make it until Christmas,
Her grandfather who played chess
And laughed his chesty laugh
And poured her wine she wasn't
Really supposed to have.
She likes a boy
And she doesn't know if she should
Keep on living or
Pause,
Temporarily, and pray that
Her grandfather, who sat every morning
Reading the paper and jumping at her hello,
Could make it through.
She likes a boy
And her grandfather was never religious,
And he wants to live so badly,
Because he never wants to waste a second
Of what he has,
Because life is the only thing that is
Solid and certain.
She likes a boy
And she feels selfish, living
When her grandfather's life is so tentative,
But when she tries to
Pause,
She can't get life to stop.
She likes a boy
And she walks with him
And she thinks of her grandfather
And she lives
Because it's the only thing
She knows she can do.

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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otherpoet said...
Jan. 28, 2012 at 10:10 am
Excellent poetry. You captured your emotions so well. I hope your grandfather knows how much you love him. Great work!
 
chloe_garrett said...
Jan. 27, 2012 at 8:46 am
This is amazing. I like the repitition. It helps justify the mood of the poem. i'd love for you to look at some of my poetry and leave a comment telling me what you think.
 
KayKay6 said...
Jan. 27, 2012 at 7:29 am
This was a really good poem, I like the effect of the repetition like when you said "she likes a boy". The title was also really good, it was what got me to read this poem. Nicely done. =)
 
she-is-a-strange-duck said...
Aug. 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm
I'm so sorry about your grandfather :( I love the title to this peice and everything about it, love it love it love it
 
lolxxaddict said...
Jun. 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm
I love thisss ! Sorry For Your Loss :(
 
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