ChapStick MAG

July 12, 2013
By thisisascreenname BRONZE, Sugarloaf, California
thisisascreenname BRONZE, Sugarloaf, California
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Her stupid lip-glossed lips
on his stupid dumbstruck face
and I give them a few months
tops
but it's still irritating
I mean, do you REALLY
have to suck face
in the middle of the frickin' hallway?
I just want to get to my locker
as a sigh passes through my chapped lips
and a giggle through hers
and I smear on the cheap ChapStick
88 cents at Easy's
where it smells like smoke and the potheads go
while the radio plays
and the man in the stainy white tank
rings up your purchase “sweetie”
and the radio always plays
ninetee-three-three Kae-Bee-H-UR
this tiny ChapStick
stings my unloved lips
all tenderness dying on top of them
sighing out only cynicism
I mean, isn't love great?
for stupid, shallow people
and stupid lip-glossed lips
when I could love you so much more.



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JRaye PLATINUM said...
on Jan. 17 2014 at 6:38 pm
JRaye PLATINUM, Dorr, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"If you build your house far enough away from Trouble, then Trouble will never find you."

"Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, 'I just don't care.'?"

Hi - I remember reading this a while ago, and congratz on the publication! You earned it! :)

sarah98 BRONZE said...
on Jul. 21 2013 at 9:29 am
sarah98 BRONZE, Holyoke, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
It is better to write for yourself and have no audience than write for your audience and have no self.

WOW! this was so emotional. It was raw anger and sadness but it was still very put together. I love this.

on Jul. 21 2013 at 12:39 am
estucker1998 PLATINUM, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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Favorite Quote:
The voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because of the thought that everything may be done better and again. --John Green, The Fault in Our Stars.

Great. This was truly wonderful--in a bitter, lonely sort of way. I could really relate to this, as I know so many others will, too. The imagery was perfect and her bitterness and disdain really showed through in the words.I especially loved when you described the Easy's and the "rings up your purchase 'sweetie'" I also loved "stings my unloved lips" and her sarcasm of "Isn't love great?"It was short, deep, and centered around something simple. I think that's what I like the most. You centered such a deep poem around something so simple: chapstick. Who would've thought it could inspire such a beautiful poem? 5/5 stars and going on my favorites list. I'd love it if you could check out some of my stuff! Keep writing! :)

JRaye PLATINUM said...
on Jul. 20 2013 at 8:16 pm
JRaye PLATINUM, Dorr, Michigan
43 articles 10 photos 527 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you build your house far enough away from Trouble, then Trouble will never find you."

"Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, 'I just don't care.'?"

Yup - this is going in my Favorites :) This is such a good poem, so relatable, so bitterly beautiful. Do not stop writting! You have some creative talent right here

on Jul. 20 2013 at 2:03 pm
inactiveuserisinactive BRONZE, Gainesville, Florida
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I truly connected with this. This is one of my favorite poems I've seen on TeenInk. 

on Jul. 20 2013 at 12:38 am
CasimirPulaski SILVER, Columbia, Connecticut
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Love it! The bitter imagery is impeccable. 


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