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They say we're made of numbers
and I guess you could say
I am just
206 bones
with 65 percent oxygen
and 60
chemical elements

but I am also
the books I stay up reading
'til 3 a.m.
with my eyelids drowning
in wet eyes,
the freckles on the tip of my nose
that shine
under the summer sun,
the tears that find their way
to my pillows
at night.
I am also
the quotes that say more about me
than I ever could,
the tea I sip
to escape the taste of my own life,
and the beating
in my chest
that I gifted you
for as long
as our Earth
still spins.

They say we're made of numbers
but I would still love you
with 100 broken bones,
40 percent oxygen,
and 10 chemical elements.
And if we die together,
we can't be numbers
at all

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 June 2014 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.




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Jun. 28 at 9:24 pm
Saw this in the magazine, and it's absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful :) What really got me is the line: "I am also the books I stay up reading"... This is an AMAZING poem!
 
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