Parlor This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

arms pierced with tiny needles,
millions of
holes he made under the surface:
her inkblot skin.
now she looks like a used canvas, from
the elementary self-portrait to not-so-still
life works she
recently purchased and will never return.
just scenery, she thinks: I am
a landscape for devouring;
Stained is my name and red is
my favorite number.
Indian pigments match
the dragon on her arm, I noticed. and
the mercury that burned
through the floor was so silver,
when I see the marks where it had
been I can’t help but think
of her toe piercing
and my grandmother’s hair.

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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MissShah said...
Mar. 25, 2012 at 10:50 pm

soo real and true..!


spency said...
Jun. 13, 2011 at 11:16 am
5/5 good job...visit me comment and rate
doesitmatter said...
Apr. 8, 2011 at 8:27 am
i like th first parts but i dont really understand the end but overall really good:)
jeanwolf said...
Jan. 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm
This is a very good poem I Understood it, I think.
Corinnee<3 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 6, 2009 at 8:30 pm
Pretty good, I've got to give you credit. Hey, it was published!
blackamethyst said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 10:21 pm
oh, wow
ringonfinger said...
Feb. 12, 2009 at 12:00 am
i looooved the beginning, gorgeous, the end kinda lost me though
Thefallingblind said...
Dec. 17, 2008 at 3:58 pm
This poem was very confusing but yet ok at the same time.
anabananaz said...
Dec. 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm
it was sorta difficult to understand but i luvvvvv ur picture!
jade13 said...
Oct. 24, 2008 at 2:04 pm
I really liked this article. It was confusing at first, but after reading it a few times, I got the point she was trying to get too.
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Oct. 1, 2008 at 8:24 pm
Mc_Ballin said...
Sept. 20, 2008 at 3:59 am
man this poem is aweosome
da1 said...
Sept. 18, 2008 at 7:50 pm
vary nice
kmraju said...
Sept. 17, 2008 at 4:54 pm
skate-or-die14 said...
Sept. 15, 2008 at 7:54 pm
anabanana said...
Sept. 14, 2008 at 1:41 am
can you look at my poem "lets get away" and tell me if I can get as good as you.
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