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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.

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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deardiary said...
Mar. 19, 2010 at 5:50 pm:
Your word choice really gets ur attention. I love the last 7 lines!
 
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munkyman95 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm:
WOW! this is amazing.. and its not like I'm always this dramatic, this is just epicly good, I really liked the word choice, it was perfect and poignant, the idea too, was briliant
 
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vaginalhammerer said...
Mar. 19, 2010 at 9:59 am:
pounding with power tools
 
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i<3steven! said...
Feb. 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm:
wow, that is pretty scary. i hope you fell better
 
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ElleRose said...
Feb. 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm:
this is so honest, it's easy to connect with what you're saying. really fluid as well :)
 
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nicole11 said...
Feb. 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm:
i love it, it has a lot of power to it and i can feel all of your emotion, i like it.
 
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LimitlessDreamer said...
Jan. 28, 2010 at 8:36 am:
Oh my god this was great!
I could taste the tear in my mouth!
Amazing choice of wording.....
All i can say is wow!
 
muddygirl117389 replied...
Feb. 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm :
I liked it I thought It was a good poem Kinda sad but with mine I have no room to talk,,
 
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LilBenj This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 12, 2010 at 12:29 am:
This poem is a MASTERPIECE. YOU are incredibly talented. You wove so many tangible words - I felt them grab my hand and shake me awake. This is Splendid. Well Done, Kelly.
 
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despurlock This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 21, 2009 at 3:41 pm:
The imagry here was amazing, I love this poem! It is great! One of my favorites! You convey your emotion so well, it is absolutely flawless, just wow! Just wow! Keep it up!!! And this poem was def. worthy of bein published!
 
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krzykrys said...
Dec. 21, 2009 at 3:37 pm:
it was so good and i get what ur saying. its like one of those moments where everyone is saying ur wrong this happened and u just want to say shush up and listen people to what ive got to say
 
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Abby B. said...
Dec. 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm:
Awwwww thats what every teen deals with.
 
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sasssgirrrl22 said...
Dec. 21, 2009 at 2:55 pm:
one word: Wow. this is so descriptive, you can put yourself in the narrator's spot. very vivid. awesome job
 
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Shattered said...
Dec. 11, 2009 at 10:50 pm:
i love how you described the feeling good job
 
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Like*Whoa!!! This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 5, 2009 at 11:34 am:
i love how you wrote this, its not written with a bzillion long words but it gets so much meaning through, GREAT job :)
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ToxicsOwlThis 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...
Nov. 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm:
Oh,my.
Cleverly imposed.
I love this.
So..simple,yet complex in so many ways.
I understand.
They just don't listen.
Very nice.
:)
 
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Grace09 said...
Nov. 29, 2009 at 4:16 pm:
You're really good. And I know what you mean. Why can't they just listen?
 
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Stephaniere This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 29, 2009 at 5:18 am:
I can connect with this on such a deep level. Great job, just amazing.
 
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SaloWest said...
Nov. 25, 2009 at 9:05 pm:
I get what your saying about the prickly nose...I hate that I get so annoyed.
 
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PureDropOfRain said...
Nov. 7, 2009 at 8:38 pm:
Beautifully done. Great word choice that caused me to completely visualize wht you're saying. It's a glimpse in time that so many of us go through.
 
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