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By , Richmond, VA
I wake,
my jaw aching as if
I've been chewing gum
all night.
It's a phantom pain,
transparent,
something he imprinted on me
over the years.

I feel the emptiness beside me,
hands mapping over
cool sheets
then smile briefly,
sardonically,
wondering why I would
have expected anything else.

I wonder how he is,
and entertain
the possibility that
he's clenching his teeth
hundreds of miles away.
No, that would be too
magical for us.

I take two Advil in
a glass of lukewarm water
and go back to bed.

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TheRiverLady This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 13, 2012 at 10:00 am:
Hey, I'm the author of this piece, and I accidentally checked "Anonymous." Does anyone know how to change this or edit it so that my name shows up? I'd like to be credited.
 
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Jun. 25, 2013 at 9:39 am :
Yep, I've done that before. You just send them an email and they will change it for you.
 
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TheRiverLady This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 13, 2012 at 10:00 am:
Hey, I'm the author of this piece, and I accidentally checked "Anonymous." Does anyone know how to change this or edit it so that my name shows up? I'd like to be credited.
 
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