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When I was nine, I
told my mom I was running away.
sneaking out late at night,
I danced across the neighbors lawn in my bare feet.
soaking dew into my pores until I was
cold enough to go back home,
and mom never unlocked the door.

I was unpacking the colorful teddy bears and
nectar- sweet fruit punch from my bag when I
decided to lose my words,
And spent the school night fashioning a
lock onto my lips.
I hid the key in a hollow
board under my bed.
at night I could hear it scraping,
like fingers scrabbling at my yellow wall paper.

The doctors always stood in quiet huddles,
poking with cold fingers,
as white coats illuminated their faces.
they couldn't hear my lips pursing,
over the sound of mom wrenching
the lock against my teeth.
She twisted it,
moving my tongue against rusted gold,
flipping it up and down,
against my cracked lips.

I sometimes dreamt of talking,
watching my mouth form splendid art
that never matched with sound.
I always awoke to my words
scraping along the floorboards,
slipping out the front door and

they danced across the neighbors lawn in their bare feet,
soaking dew into their pores until they were cold.
cold enough to go back home.
It was only later I realized I never unlocked the door.




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LexiMarbanThis 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...
Oct. 30 at 12:49 pm:
Confused me at first but after I re-read it I kind of understood it better. Nice imagery :)
 
Celine1901 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 30 at 9:02 pm :
Thanks, this was a tough one, but i tried to work out the kinks in the piece :)
 
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kailasulli said...
Oct. 30 at 12:01 pm:
I think this was beautifully written I love the imagery! This is truly a perfect piece. :)
 
Celine1901 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 30 at 9:02 pm :
Wow, don't use the word perfect lightly, but thank you so much, i appreciate it!
 
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Nessa13This 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...
Oct. 30 at 8:19 am:
hmmm I was really confused with this piece. It didnt make much sense to me....sorry /:
 
Celine1901 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 30 at 9:03 pm :
It's okay, this one was tough to write, I had the idea, but it was not working like I wanted it to on the page, oh well, at least I tried right :) Thanks for the honesty, I wish people said what they thought more often :)
 
Nessa13This 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. replied...
today at 8:06 am :
I mean, the structure of the writting is good, I just dont believe that the readers will understand what you tried to make them understand (: But, yes at least you tried (: 
 
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