The Absurdity of a Heart-Shaped Necklace This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

May 19, 2011
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Sometimes I wonder why jewelers
make necklaces shaped like hearts.
They're inaccurate, to begin with,
they get the shape wrong, every time.

I've never gotten an x-ray of my heart,
but trust me, I've seen enough doctor shows
on television to know what a heart looks like.
Kay Jewelers, I'm sorry, but your design is wrong.

Besides, why would I want to wear a heart
around my neck? I have one already, thanks,
beating loudly and proudly inside my chest.
I don't need a hunk of gold impersonating it.

Plus, if I were to wear a second heart around my neck
I would want it on something sturdy, maybe
a chain like the kind in prisons to lock up the inmates.
I want my heart safe, not dangling from a flimsy metal string.

Heart-shaped necklaces seem so unnecessary
Although I guess I can reason that it's always
convenient and even rather wise to hold
an extra heart, just in case mine breaks somehow.

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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Dreamer13 said...
Feb. 4, 2012 at 10:51 am
i really love your poem!!! whenever i seem to have a heart shapped necklace it breaks... idk if that is some kind of sign but anyway... i love it! keep writing :)
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