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The Things I Have Learned

By , Elgin, SC
The wind scrapes my shoulder,
a knife too dull to cut and too sharp to not hurt.
But I have felt worse pain.

Those summer nights
when the burns on my hands were memories;
the rules Mama taught me with a smoking pan.

“Don’t talk back” printed on the right,
“Never leave” on the left.

I hold my arm to the sky,
watch the way dark flashes across my skin;
small squares that imitate the chain link fence.

Papa never gave it a second thought,
leaving his wife and daughter,
abandoning something real for a bored man’s desire.

Mama called her “That woman.”
I called her “The one he wanted more.”

The sun sinks to the wet ground,
and I listen to the first sounds of night;
Wait for the dark to cover everything.

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aim610 said...
Oct. 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm
This poem is so deep! It's almost like I'm there, and it's so realistic. You can actually picture yourself in that person's shoes and imagine your life as hers. It's so strong the way your poem is brought together. Keep it real. :)
Smiley13 said...
Oct. 26, 2010 at 11:44 am

this is very good


Crispy said...
Oct. 26, 2010 at 7:31 am
Wow! Great poem. It was very sincere and I felt the sadness in your words. Good job.
pumpkinsmasherdancer said...
Oct. 25, 2010 at 10:25 am

u go, gurrlll!!!!!

wurk iiiiiittttt :))))))) 

*__-    <-- that's a winkkkk


i is so feisty!

fiestylove:) replied...
Oct. 25, 2010 at 10:27 am
snowqueenx3 said...
Oct. 25, 2010 at 10:09 am
Whoa, this is amazing. You've got serious talent, keep posting!
Gabiiiii This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 24, 2010 at 10:15 pm
Absolutely beautiful. If this is true, i wish you luck in life, and i'm sorry you've felt that pain.
You have some talent there, though.
MelanieLouise This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm
i absolutely love this poem. it so raw and truthful. i especially love the first stanza :) awesome job. check out my work?
lostnhim said...
Oct. 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm
There is so much pain in this poem....Its a great poem, and i really felt the pain....
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