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Perfection This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

I squint,
blinded by the cutting words
glinting off my shining plate.
Or is it my tears?
Forced back into my skull
where they fester
and boil
creating a bubbling mass
of pain and anger
ready to burst
behind my trembling eyelids.

I place a shaking hand
to my heart
where the blade of her words
still slices
twisting painfully as
she regards me
with a look of disgust
disappointed by the daughter
that failed to reach perfection.

My stomach lurching,
I push back from the table
stumbling to my room
and away from the sickly perfection
of a perfectly cooked meal
surrounded
by a smiling family –
the world unaware
of the frothing hatred
of our charade
that is brewing on
our sickeningly clean
oventop.

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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FutureSceneQueen said...
Aug. 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm:
amazing.  i relate, i truelly love it. 
 
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Alakazam said...
May 31, 2011 at 9:45 pm:
I can totally relate to this (:
 
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hanfan24 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 30, 2011 at 7:50 pm:

Thank you guys so much!

It means a lot(:

 
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can_you_keep_a_secretThis 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. said...
May 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm:

I know allabout this .

I never knew hoe to describe how i felt when i did have these feelings and now i do . You portrayed the feelings perfectly . 5 stars <3

 
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Rinilove32 said...
May 27, 2011 at 9:05 am:

wow this gives a real insite to what you were feeling at the time.

BEAUTIFUL!!

 
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Pooja11 said...
May 27, 2011 at 12:23 am:
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
 
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Savannah T. said...
May 26, 2011 at 9:36 pm:
great job!!!!!!
 
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sweetie1032 said...
May 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm:
This is beutiful :)
 
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Faithful365 said...
May 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm:

you are a really good writer. You depicted the feelings really well, it was as if it was happening to me as i read it.

Keep writing! :)

 
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Aderes18This 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. said...
May 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm:

This reminds of Battle Hym of the Tiger Mother.

Great poem. :)

 
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Shortblueeyes224This 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. said...
May 26, 2011 at 11:36 am:
Great Job :). Keep it up!
 
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arilisILUVME13 said...
May 26, 2011 at 9:17 am:
Wow! I felt the emotions ! very beautifully written
 
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Lauren H. said...
May 26, 2011 at 8:33 am:
amazing poem :-)
 
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