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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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christin.bass said...
Jul. 7, 2010 at 9:51 pm:
Your writing is brilliant and beautiful. I can relate easily, and it painted a vivid picture! VERY VERY INSPIRING. keep writing please.
 
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sparkofheart said...
Jul. 7, 2010 at 8:56 pm:
that was soooo good!! i absolutely loved it :) check out some of my work please?
 
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MelanieLouise This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm:

Inspiring.

An emotion like this is difficult to put on paper, but you captured it beautifully.

Well Done

 
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JioMess This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 18, 2010 at 11:42 pm:
I am speechless really. Great poem. Just....amazing.
 
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circus_freak said...
Jun. 15, 2010 at 10:04 am:
I love how you said "the cusp of my lash line" and how "saltiness coats a single word." But if I may make a suggestion I'd just say 'my nose prickles on the inside' because you use hard in the next line down. Or you could use a synonym for hard instead.
 
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Hannaleiigh This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 15, 2010 at 9:48 am:
I love this. It brings back so many images/memories. I think anyone who has ever cared about another person can relate to this, which is truly rare.
 
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JasminePinto said...
May 28, 2010 at 11:15 am:
TRULY AMAZING, KEEP ON WRITING, BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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GangstaEyes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 24, 2010 at 8:37 pm:
Love it! Nice work - very powerful and daring. Read my poem "Not for Me" please?
 
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plantrock said...
May 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm:
I like the imagery. The last line being one word is very powerful. Good job. I enjoyed reading this.
 
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Ummm...shutup said...
May 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm:
Don't tell me what to do.  Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat.
 
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princessariel said...
May 13, 2010 at 8:18 pm:
the imagery was amazing! great use of diction here. wonderful job :]
 
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_ashh said...
May 2, 2010 at 7:59 pm:

I love the last few lines.

"Waiting to launch itself into the open air/in vain/like so many times before./ Listen."

I relate to this.

I also love your word choice; "bubbles up" "prickles" "fidgets"

great imagery, amazing job! i love it!

 
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emilyjoeThis 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...
May 2, 2010 at 6:10 pm:
this is so good, very elegant.
 
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onlyiz said...
May 2, 2010 at 2:47 am:
this is a very eloquent and relatable. cool.
 
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SilentDeath134 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 7:52 pm:
wow this was amazing.... i loved!!!
 
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SOSaiXD This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm:
Amazing description. I love the feeling you gave it and how you left the interpretation open to the reader. (:
 
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Lexi-Pex said...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 2:12 pm:
i thought that was amazing, well done! very well written. i enjoyed it : )
 
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starlight26:) said...
Mar. 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm:
It was written with wonderful detail. I could picture the whole thing. Feel Better.
 
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katielynn21 said...
Mar. 19, 2010 at 8:23 pm:
This was possitively beautiful.
it reminded me of times when me and my ex-boyfriend would fight, id begg my tears to retreat, but they never did they spilled over revealing my pain. I completely connect with this poem, please keep writing. check out my work if you ever have the time.
 
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kysh15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm:
this is just beautiful, i relate completely
 
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