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The Ballad of No One in Particular This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

When I asked him,
my fingers still tasting like tobacco
As I bit them until they bled,
How bad are you?
He simply replied, “I don't know
My own phone number right now.”

He has bruises on his arms
in the shape of crescent moons and
Deep cuts on his face from where
The shaving cream didn't cover

He carries something you can't see
Like nails through his back up his spine
He sings Simon and Garfunkel as I
fall asleep
And it sounds like a “thank you” covered in
Red lipstick stains

He could taste the stale cigarette smoke
in this poem
I can see him in his zodiac leather jacket
Shaking and smoking and self-soothing
and slipping
Away from reality, tasting blood
I should not be with anyone who forgets
my name
This easily
I should not be pretending that
someday we'll
Stop talking about monsters

I can't decide if he's angry or pathetic or
Something entirely different
But I'm pretty sure at least half of him
is dying
He's laughing as if his velvet bones don't
Scream like God
And in this moment, he radiates a sense of
dizzying freedom
And he's beautiful

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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TaylorWintryThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 18 at 12:50 am:
Wow. I don't know how you're able to string such a perfect sequence of words together, but you've really got this poetry thing down. This is really cool, and the last line is a real twist. Nice job.
 
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Hanban12This 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...
Apr. 17 at 6:16 pm:
Beautiful, beautiful poem. The emotions are just so deep and pure that every word is just amazing... I love it. Your writing definitely deserves to be in the magazine, congrats! :)
 
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Alaska W. said...
Apr. 17 at 4:40 pm:
Absolutely loved it! Please keep posting!
 
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BrandiBoothThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 3 at 6:50 pm:
Nice poem!
 
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