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Anger bubbles up beneath my skin;
I grin,
then push my lips out
in frustration
when he turns
away.

My nose prickles hard on the inside
and I swallow hard,
willing the tears not to come,
but they do not heed.
The briny water wells up
on the cusp of my lashline,
threatening to fall
to give me away.
I feel the first drop slip over the edge and glide softly
down my cheek onto my lower lip,
which trembles.
Its saltiness coats the single word
on my tongue
that fidgets,
waiting to launch itself into the open air
in vain
like so many times before.
Listen.

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MRose911 said...
Nov. 16, 2010 at 9:59 pm:
This. Is. Amazing! Wow!! You have a seriously good talent! :)
 
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Iloveyoukid said...
Nov. 16, 2010 at 6:43 am:
great poem...it makes you feel and see everything your describing...
 
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Asteria said...
Oct. 27, 2010 at 10:23 pm:
This is good. It goes very smoothly throughout. Good job. It's very descriptive which I like
 
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Mimi8 said...
Oct. 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm:
I like the idea of this poem, and you have incredible description, but the end doesnt match the beginning very well in my opinion.
 
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Poet_in_Motion This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 25, 2010 at 4:15 pm:
I love this so much. The wording and the imagery just enhance its beauty. You are very talented! :)  <3
 
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ffaprez said...
Oct. 25, 2010 at 11:37 am:
I  really injoyed this! I felt as if it reached out and tugged at my heart! Good Job!
 
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elmosoreo said...
Oct. 3, 2010 at 9:18 pm:
Oo...very nice..I like how it has me going from one line to the other easily :)
 
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Neta613 said...
Oct. 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm:
Amazing, very well written, good flow, and very, very plausible!
 
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Writer4Life_21 said...
Oct. 3, 2010 at 10:43 am:
I loved it. There was a lot of description.
 
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nancyyy said...
Sept. 14, 2010 at 7:37 am:
Written so well with descriptive imagery. I like the way each word seems to be wrapped in emotion. Makes me think of how difficult it can be to hide what you are feeling.
 
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SaMiLoVe97 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 11, 2010 at 7:46 pm:
Very simple, and yet so much meaning. I loved it(:
 
PumaPawww replied...
Sept. 12, 2010 at 12:01 am :
imagery is phenomenal (:
 
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mimirocks124This 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...
Sept. 11, 2010 at 3:16 pm:
wow! this is amazing i love it!
 
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reg93 said...
Sept. 11, 2010 at 11:55 am:
This poem is amazing! You have some skills! (:
 
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MercedesXO said...
Sept. 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm:

really enjoyed this:) the simplicity and meaning. and great imagery btw.

id love for you, and anyone else, to check out some of my work as well:)

 
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mego95 said...
Aug. 30, 2010 at 6:36 pm:
This is a really great poem. It's totally the way I feel right now and I love poems about emotions :) Great job!
 
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rocksrock said...
Aug. 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm:
i can really visualize this, which makes it all the more effective. good job and keep it up!!! can you read over some of mine? XD
 
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BlindSamurai said...
Aug. 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm:

The description and imagery in this poem is really powerful, excellent for visualizing what you're saying. Good work!

Oh, and please check out my poetry as well!

 
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BABe724 said...
Aug. 6, 2010 at 3:18 pm:
u r an awesome writer
 
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xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm:
this is so amazing and descriptive! i feel like alot of people can relate. keep writing!
 
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