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Too Many Times This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.


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Like tattered China
Dropped by nieces at tea
Or son-in-laws at Easter brunch
Too many times
Squandered, put down,
Chipped away
Living in fear of the
Mechanic swish, slush and
Clink
Abused by mouths ungrateful,
Distasteful.

But with its handle askew,
Its frame lopsided
Standing above the mugs and tea cups,
It waits
For the day antique will triumph.

But for the kettle that calls
It will always answer
With a welcoming mouth and
An endless depth to fill.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the May 2014 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.




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