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How I Learned This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

It wasn't easy,
you know,
when the dim sunset
peeked
through the windows
and exposed
the rain day-colored blankets
that I hid under.
When every video I watched
and any book I read,
even the country songs
I listened to
on the radio while
driving to school
lectured me about love.

The betrayal of it
screamed in my face,
cornering me between
my brother's old dresser
and a guitar I used to love.
And when I began to cry,
a lullaby whisper
settled my eyes
and delivered my feet to the door
that I forgot I had.
“Never mind, you'll be fine,”
and I believed it.

I emerged
from that dark blue room –
finally.

And though those
stains of morning
felt heavy on my eyes,
I thought of what
Hope had told me

And I was fine.

So you go –
think about me
when you're compressed
between teenagers with
more skin than clothing
in the frigid winter
in a car that smells like smoke
and I'll remind myself
why you shouldn't be around,
just in case that car
decides to take you here.

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brax34 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 13, 2012 at 11:23 am:
This is extremely good! Your rhyming is fluent and isn't generic and you get your point across very well! Good job!
 
beautifyyourname This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm :
Those are things I never even noticed so thanks so much!! :)
 
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Sophie Rose C. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 13, 2012 at 4:04 am:
wow - this is one of the few poems I've read on this site that.. takes me to where the inspiration came from, in a sense... which is good. thanks. oh, and could you look at my poem - Happy Sea ? (maybe?)
 
beautifyyourname This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 13, 2012 at 5:38 am :
Thank you very much! I appreciate that. :) And I will!
 
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