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I do not know how to write a love poem.
I am seventeen years old
and have never been in love.
But I read about it and want to know it and pour it in the cracks of my body,
the fleshy angle where my elbow makes the L-shape,
the beginning of the L-word that I want to learn the sound of.
There are L-words I like,
Love and lips and laugh and light,
Because I want to love your lips and laugh in the light,
in the streetlights and moonlights and any place where I can hide away with you.
Maybe that's what love is,
I've always seen love in the streetlights.

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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