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[Nine letter word for
guilt-ridden sympathy,
twinged with a hint of awkward glances.]

Your next door neighbor
smiles encouragingly on a
leather couch that seems shiny,
too shiny, and you remember that
it is your couch,
the couch you sat on with her
last Sunday after church, with
the grape juice stain on the hem
of her skirt. It is uncomfortable, seeing this starched, beige woman sit
where your invincible shadow should be sitting. Instead,
there are people you do not care to
know everywhere: glass baking dishes
gleaming the way that her plastic
Barbies gleamed at the dining
room table when she pretended
to pamper them with dishes
of melted ice cream that
went uneaten.

Casserole.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the December 2012 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.





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Imaginedangerous This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm:
Wow. I love how you tell such a deep story in so few words- and how the ending makes the entire poem so clear and painful at the smae time. I had to read it through again once I knew what the 'nine-letter word' was. It's so true.
 
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Oct. 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm:
Casserole will never be the same.
 
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