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

I tacked up a note from you
because I was hopeful
and I liked your handwriting
the way the a's fit nicely into the c's
the way we might if we tried.

I tacked up a picture of you
because I was besotted with your face
and I liked the way your freckles
made me want
to kiss you until every single dot on
your face was blushing.

I tacked up a ticket from a movie we went to
because I was nostalgic
and I liked the movie but mostly I just
liked
you.

I tacked up a poem you told me about
because I was in love with the things
you were in love with
and I liked the words but not nearly
as much as I liked the way your
voice sounded reciting them.

I tacked up a picture of us
because I was in love with you
and I liked that you were in love with
me too.

Now my corkboard is full of holes
where pushpins used to be
and the ghosts of memories
won't stop haunting me
and I don't even believe in ghosts
but I believed everything about us
and there are as many holes in the corkboard
as there are in my heart.

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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Misslauren521 said...
Feb. 26 at 1:40 am
This is beautiful. You have a gift.
 
LillyZ83This 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. said...
Feb. 20 at 11:43 am
Amazing! You totally earned that spot in their magazine!!!!
 
TanazMasabaThis 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. 20 at 7:36 am
The thing that I love about this poem is that it has a very sing-song quality about it when you're reading it and also the emotions expressed is so simple and yet so easy to relate to. My favourite part was the ending.
 
nelehjr said...
Feb. 18 at 9:15 pm
I l♥ve this a lot! Haha! It sounds like something I would say, actually. Glob, this poem. It's so good I don't even have any decent critisism or advice to offer. Congradulations on your publication.
 
KennaJean said...
Feb. 15 at 9:34 am
This poem is amazing, you're a really good writer.
 
zechielava said...
Feb. 8 at 11:55 am
THIS POEM IS AMAZING! I would have loved to see more though. Maybe add something.....
 
softballqueen said...
Apr. 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm
ahhhh, jillian this is so good i really like this a lot i remember reading this before and i was like wow and now hey it's on this site wow some more (obviously this is jess) 
 
Tinydancer said...
Apr. 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm
This is so beautiful and sad. I love this so much
 
peterparker This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm
Thank you for the comments ahh
 
Alyssa replied...
Apr. 16, 2013 at 11:18 pm
AH THAT WAS SO PRETTY AND SAD WHY HAVE I NEVER SEEN YOUR WRITING BEFORE STOP BEING SO GOOD AND MAKING ME LOOK LIKE A TALENTLESS HACK AT LIFE
 
_insertnamehere_ replied...
Feb. 10 at 1:55 pm
That comment though.^^ But I love this poem. And you are an amzing writer! Congrats on being posted in the magazine!
 
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