I found your wallet This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

April 26, 2011
You left your wallet under our
kitchen window
Which you pounded on
And screamed at
Late last night.

You have no license
And no cash
Which strikes me as strange.
All I have in my wallet,
In a small zippered container on the back,
Is twenty-five cents,
Two smashed pennies,
And a Euro.
You have four credit cards.
Two are business platinum
One is regular platinum
And one is gold.
Why do you need two business
platinum cards?
Who could need four credit cards
But no debit?

There is a picture of you and another man
Full size
You are wearing a striped polo
And your fly's undone.
You and this other man are smiling
It doesn't reach your eyes
So you mostly look terrified.
It is not a good picture.
I wonder why you kept it.

There are smaller photos in here
Of a pretty blonde girl.
You look much too old for her.
Perhaps you're younger than you look.
Perhaps she's older.

You have other cards in here too.
A JC Penney credit card
A Blockbuster card
A Quiktrip card.
You buy clothes
Watch movies
Go to convenience stores.
So do I.
So why do you terrorize sleeping
And I don't?
What causes that?

My wallet is not like yours.
There are no credit cards
And only one photo of my younger sister.
I have AAA, insurance, Social Security,
Health department, and library cards.
How is it that I'm 14 years younger than you
Yet my wallet's much more mature?

There is an inner sanctum to your wallet.
There is a Bank of America card
With personal numbers on it.
I'll put that away.

In my wallet are papers like yours.
One has seven numbers on it,
Separated with a slash.
I don't remember what they mean.
There's a receipt from a frozen yogurt run
And a slip of paper with a website on it.
Nothing important.

The last thing in your wallet
Is a crumpled, folded, very old
Post-It note.
It looks like it has an eight on it,
But when I turn it like it should be,
It becomes infinite.

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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LifeIsPoetry said...
Oct. 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm
Great description and word choice. I love poetry that elaborates simple, often over-looked things. Very creative!
Jesus-My-Savior said...
Oct. 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm
That's such a cool poem!!! :) VERY DESCRIPTIVE! We read this in the print magazine in our creative writing class, and everyone enjoyed, but I have one question. Our whole class didn't know exactly how it ended. If you would, please respond so that I can share it with my classmates. Thanks! Oh, and please read my articles as well! Thank you so much!:)
spiceXisXnice This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 11:23 am
Wow, this is so flattering! The very last thing I found in the wallet was a post-it note with what was either the number 8 or an infinity symbol on it. I like the idea of the infinity symbol better.
Jesus-My-Savior replied...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 5:17 pm
Thanks for replying! I'll be sure to tell my class about it! THANKS! :D
Brianna11396 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 16, 2011 at 6:53 am
 that was cool how you turned a memory into such a great poem
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