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

When you left
I burned everything you gave me
except the pen
gold-rimmed with rich black ink
I was afraid
of how the fire would take to it
so instead I used it
to scribble your name in the flames,
to sketch tree veins on my wall
they brought me inexplicable joy,
to write a letter to my grandmother
six pages of ambiguous sentimentality,
to lend to my little sister
she drew gleeful goldfish
and a woman with pigtails,
to write flowery poetry
in stern, solid black,
to my surprise
the pen was no longer yours to give;
It was mine
and I gave it to
my grandmother, ravenous flames
my little sister and ivory walls
myself
You had given it to me
with good-bye
and I gave it away
again and again
with love

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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