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My mother advised me,
“Stop raising your eyebrows so much
when you speak. It looks weird and
you'll have huge forehead wrinkles
when you're older.”
Mom, when I grow old, I want a vast sea
of wrinkle waves upon my forehead
from conversing with friends and loved ones
I want sagging bags filled to the brim
with surprise and fascination below
my widened eyes
I want deep trenches at the corners of
my lips
from smiling all the time
I want tattoos –
natural ones!
I want neither a plastic surgeon nor
cosmetician to lay a nip tuck or Botox
or anti-aging agent upon my
distinguished countenance
I want the most wrinkled, creased,
folded-over facade
in the cursed Laundromat of purgatory,
but behind it
the happiest, most enlightened soul,
canceling my appointment with the
dermatologist.

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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gls_4This 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sep. 1 at 11:39 am:
I totally do this.
 
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writefearless said...
Jul. 24, 2013 at 8:48 am:
i totally love this one. it has a very non-conformist meaningful message :) great job!
 
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taylorbagen This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm:
I love it!  It actually makes me smile while reading!
 
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FlannelSkin This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm:
Cool beans, dude. No fruity teenage crap in here.
 
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Venera177 said...
Feb. 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm:
I like this poem for two reasons: orginality and the message. I've never read something where something like wrinkles is accepted. I found that slightly shocking but I liked it because of the good message about physical beauty.
 
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WaffleOcean2934This 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 3, 2013 at 3:21 pm:
I love how refreshing the poem is.  I've always been insecure about this, but now it feels like I see my face in a whole new perspective.  Thanks for sharing it!
 
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Padoodallee said...
Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm:
This is beautiful and enthusiastic! Something true about real beauty. A great example!
 
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ChrisJThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:04 pm:
This is really good and I love the concept behind it!
 
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Kris_10 said...
Feb. 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm:
This is the kid of poem to open you eye and keep you thinking even after you've closed out of it. Well done! 
 
ZachhM replied...
Feb. 2, 2013 at 4:54 pm :
I will second that
 
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