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thin black snakes curl smoothly away from your eyes
they rest peacefully on your skin, asleep the whole day
until 3:07 in the girls' bathroom when your crystalline tears bring them alive
to wiggle and glide down your perfectly rosy cheeks
before you smudge them away with angry fists
and remove all evidence with a soggy paper towel.
at home mother wonders why we are so different
my grades impeccable, yours atrocious
we are closer than she believes
at 3:07 in the girls' bathroom I hold your hand while you cry
and wipe away all the splotches that you miss.
but there's still one secret you're keeping from me:
who taught you to paint your eyes like Cleopatra?

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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Rainrunner said...
Jan. 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm:
PLEASE WRITE MORE POEMS LIKE THIS ONE.  
 
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Rainrunner said...
Jan. 14, 2013 at 11:38 pm:
I love this poem.  instead of being so cheesy like a lot of the other poems on this site, I find this one utterly unique and expressed in an interesting way.
 
ShadowPuppet This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 16, 2013 at 4:04 pm :
thanks! I do try to keep my writing interesting and real, as cheesy poems can annoy me as well. I'm glad to hear you think I succeeded! 
 
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zendaya said...
Nov. 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm:
that is a great poem i love it good work
 
ShadowPuppet This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm :
thanks very much! glad to know you liked it.
 
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