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ivory soap still lingers in the air
a trace of you in a public place,
a brief moment of remembering
finding you where you had never been
a stranger masked with your scent

your tissue paper still exists
under my fingertips, translucent
we read the bible, your hand in mine,
a child comforting an old woman
blue veins of life under dead, clear skin

burnt oranges, deep browns, strange greens,
delicate patterns for a delicate body
you layered three on your lap at once
always trembling from a persistent chill

pedicures are still a sacred ritual
a sense of pride and beauty held firm,
despite never leaving your house
a value ingrained in your set curls and nightgowns
kindness is the most beautiful trait of all

a pink crystal dish on the kitchen counter
still filled with dinner mints,
a small treat after dinner for clearing your plate
melts on the tongue in seconds
a bittersweet taste of missing you

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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