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Ironed and starched
Perfect and neat.
Finishing the touches of makeup.
I don’t want to have smudges
When I finally meet my maker.
My shaking hands stop in midair,
And watch the silent tear roll down my pink cheek.
I close my eyes.
No! my head screams. You don’t have to do this!
I start to weep, and lower my hand down.
Yes, my heart whispers. Please stop my pain.
I turn to the door, and leave without a sound.
Sneaking past my mothers door I stop.
Without thinking about it, I continue to my meeting.
I don’t want to be late.
Listening to my heart, I wipe the tears and trudge the stairs.
The wind hit me, like someone trying to push me back.
I fight against it and continue to the edge of the roof.
Please, my head whispers softly. Stop.
No, I say.
A leap, that is all you need. And the pain will be gone, my heart says slowly.
I look down at the awakening city.
I lift my face to the sun to feel its last ray.
Only one person saw me there. A small girl.
Standing at her window, doll in hand.
She doesn’t say a word.
I look at her small eyes.
What are you doing up there? they say.
I stand there and stare at her.
I finally pull away and look down again.
Just one leap . . .
Smiling at the girl, I step away from the edge.
Breathing in the sun, I run.
Never looking back at the edge.
Running back to my room.
Sobbing in my pillow, I breathe in.
I’m alive, I said.
I’m alive.
I run across the street, and run to her apartment door.
3C was etched in my mind forever.
2 slight knocks.
Echoing down the empty hall.
A woman opens the door.
A bathrobe rapped tightly around her body.
Your daughter, I say breathless, I need to thank her.
The woman just stares. No words. Silence.
My daughter is dead, she said calmly.
The window in her room was being replaced.
She dropped her doll out the window.
She leaped out the window after it.
2 years ago.



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starzforever said...
Jun. 10, 2012 at 11:30 am:
is so real wonderfull this leaves me in tears
 
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swiftheart said...
Jun. 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm:
I love this poem...it is so relatable. I love the fact that you are able to create a visual image that not only touches the reader, but places the reader in the place of the character......I AM IN LOVE :D
 
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Kateloveshim13 said...
Jun. 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm:
I Love The Ending! I love the story too!
 
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Dark-Ninja said...
Mar. 31, 2012 at 11:50 pm:
great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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torilutz8 said...
Mar. 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm:
Holy mama this is intense!! I love things that creep into the back of my mind as I read them and then pounce to my conscience right at the end... This is amazing.
 
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Black_Moon said...
Mar. 22, 2012 at 9:38 pm:
Great Concept....  amazing!
 
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taptap said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm:
Fyi, THIRD time commenting, I will NEVER get sick of this poem, every word screams beauty...celebration!!!
 
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DreamsOfGoldThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Mar. 18, 2012 at 8:52 am:
You have a way of moving others when they don't want to be moved. The words just seem to flow out for you. It never stops. I mean it as a good thing. Never stop writing, Tim. It's fantastic.
 
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art_is_life said...
Mar. 17, 2012 at 11:42 pm:
very nice :)
 
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babygirl102903 said...
Mar. 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm:
i love it u have talent for writing poems
 
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WrittenEmotions said...
Mar. 10, 2012 at 6:45 pm:
Wow I really loved this, it has a deepness to it that I really enjoyed... I used to watch Glee but I don't anymore but I got a different sense from this, something sad, depressing, but hopeful... I thought this was very well displayed and beautiful in a morbid way.. Nice! 5/5
 
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Mike6546 said...
Mar. 9, 2012 at 9:41 pm:
I've never seen glee but this is still a really good poem.  Super sad.
 
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taptap said...
Mar. 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm:
I love it so much I have to comment again. Still gives me chills, after like 5 reads XD
 
Timpani_Queen replied...
Mar. 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm :
Thanks tap for being the number 1 fan of this poem! Lol
 
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Renajordan said...
Mar. 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm:
wow love it
 
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futurenovelist1577 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm:
I ABSOLUTELY FREAKING LOVE IT...ITS SUCH A TEAR JERKER! and btw, im a GLEEK too! Keep writing and dont you ever stop!
 
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RunningGingerThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Mar. 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm:
I really like it cunfused but it may have to do with A) im not a gleek and B) i got distracted o well.... I still really liked it keep writing!
 
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LaskaGrownThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Mar. 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm:
I LOVE IT TIMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT IS AMAZING
 
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IamtheshyStargirl said...
Mar. 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm:
Beautiful, Tim, I love the end :)
 
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BT1718 said...
Mar. 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm:
its really good and glee is amazing
 
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