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People tell me I have his nose
Because it’s strong and hooked
With a powerful bump at the top
But I hope that’s all he gave me
An ugly nose is enough
And better than an ugly mind that
Sinks its teeth into anything it can
Like the hearts of girls who have
Not yet learned to love the real way
I hope I do not have his hands
Calloused from the cold metal of a gun
And stained with a twisted love
Love I hope I do not have
Because love is not a fist or a knife
Love is not an apology
I hope I do not have his back
Because he never had mine
And I hope a nose does not give me
A guiltless conscience and a
Forgetful brain.

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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Zap7861 said...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 10:43 am:
This poem includes true emotion. I really liked the details it included over their feelings. The full expression of themselves and the people around them truly described their view of their surroundings.
 
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RiverSong said...
Aug. 30, 2011 at 10:44 pm:
Wow, this is really good.  I especially like the last five lines, they're really creative and I can totally identify with them.  Good job :)
 
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LittleMissSunshine08_11 said...
Aug. 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm:
The line, "love is not an apology" seems like an uncommon saying to me, and it really rang true. I also love the nose metaphor... amazing job!
 
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bamboom212 said...
Aug. 30, 2011 at 11:50 am:
Omg this is incresdible ! Your ways with words made this poem. It's so powerrful. "I hope I do not have his back, because he never had mine." The last few lines were my favorite. Keep up the amaaaazing work:D
 
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dancer11srubin said...
Jul. 17, 2011 at 11:19 pm:
omg wow, this almost made me cry. And im going to check out ur other poems because wow
 
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HollyBell said...
Jul. 17, 2011 at 3:47 pm:

This is brilliant. It really spoke out to me with real emotion. I really like the part 'I hope I do not have his back because he never had mine'

There is another famous poem called 'Genetics' you should check it out:

http://ireland.poetryinternationalweb.org/piw_cms/cms/cms_module/index.php?obj_id=7676

although it is not much like yours there are some similarities. Anyway, great job.

 
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ElleNicole said...
Jul. 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm:
Really good, check out my work?
 
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MariaP. said...
Jun. 25, 2011 at 10:08 pm:
Holy cow this is amazing. Check out my work if you have a chance! You're so expressive, I feel like I can see into your heart with this poem. Amazing job hun.
 
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tmacy95 said...
Jun. 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm:

this poem made me smile and I could really relate to every word!

Nice Job!!

 
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msoccerm345 said...
Jun. 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm:
i love this poem and how you tied the body parts into different ways of love or characteristics of a person. i absolutely love it:)
 
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Dodson said...
Jun. 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm:
very well written. i enjoyed reading it
 
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pixiedust15 said...
Jun. 3, 2011 at 3:21 pm:
awesome sauce!!!1
 
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socr_chick28 said...
Jun. 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm:

i have one word: wow. This is the best poem i have read yet on teening, i love when you talk about his back

 

 
socr_chick28 replied...
Jun. 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm :

teenink*....sorry

 

 
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Aderes18 said...
May 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm:

This poem reminds me of Daddy's womb by Carl H. 

Very good poem. :)

 
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AnimalGirl said...
May 12, 2011 at 7:35 pm:

i think all of what anybody could ever say abou thow good this poem is is already posted. so, im just gunna agree with them. GoodJob

=)

 
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alanna_mcc This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm:
omg!!!!!!!!!!! soooooooo good!
 
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kaykay101 said...
May 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm:
nothing less than amazing!! great job!!!:):):)
 
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kateknopp said...
May 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm:
this is just beautiful. please write more :)
 
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IRUEHL said...
Apr. 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm:
Pure Beauty. I coul'dnt stop reading this, you have a great talent! keep writing.
 
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