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

The year they played Frac Jack
Was the one where he smiled
And told her she was fine the way she was
It was the year she blushed
And locked her feelings out like intruders
Because she didn't know what to make of them

The year they felt older
Was the one where he whistled in the hallways
And made friends with the right kids
It was the year she forgot about him
And was satisfied because
She couldn't handle any intrusions

The year they stopped listening
Was the one where his wrist borrowed the razor from his face
And he kissed the pretty girl who had it all
But it didn't make things any better
It was the year she opened the door
And they talked about the trees
While her stomach hurt and no one had any idea why

The year they did nothing
Was the one where his road stopped twisting for a moment
And let him take a rest
It was the year she spent in silence
And watched him sleep while she tossed and turned
Waiting for something
Just anything at all

The year they made speeches
Was the one where he stopped and listened
And gave her the chance to change his mind
It was the year she begged and pleaded
And ripped her hair out
While he held her close
For no reason at all

The year they saved the world
Was the one where he chose redheads over blondes
And felt like for once, he was nothing more than ordinary
It was the year her wrist stole the razor from his
And she began to give up
One scratch at a time

The year they almost finished
Was the one where he felt like things were hard
And began to wonder why she always looked so sad
It was the year she closed the book
And turned out the light
Gave him one last look because it was too hard not to

The year he was leaving
Was the one where he couldn't let go
And wondered why
He hadn't held the book open with all of his might.

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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TaylorBreanne said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm
Wow, This was amazing. I have tears in my eyes, I'm not even sure why. This was very powerful. You're talented! Keep writing!
 
Queen-Of-The-Tea-Party replied...
Jan. 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm
I just loved this. Your amazingly talented!!
 
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