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Chaos Theory This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

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Carolyn says she believes in angels
while mascara spiders creep thickly along the
heavy baggage beneath her eyes like the
black pitch of the school hallways at night or
the charcoal that she dips her fingernails in and I
remember cheating on my math test that morning
So
I tell her I believe in people.

Roasted honey nut, the color she was born with but
you really wouldn’t know it because of the midnight L’Oréal
she chooses, tragically highlighted with Punk Pink or
Raging Red from a bottle and 15
minutes of waiting –
It spills limply over her black eyes whenever she leans down to write and
Carolyn says she believes in fate.

In planets aligning in the universe and
Feng shui that keeps mice away and prevents ulcers but also
makes a girl fall in love with a boy but
I know all about chemistry and hormones and catalysts so I
think I believe in science.

In reincarnation, she thinks she’ll come back as a bird
Or maybe a peacock and I say I agree when I
see those striped stockings that come to her knees and
neon earrings lifeless at her shoulders but she only laughs …
tells me I never really see her and to
call her later.

Now with the dial tone in my ear
the cold trembling and I’m suffocating on nothing
because I really see her and I
know she believes in the afterlife but
she doesn’t believe in laughter and
the phone just rings and rings and rings …

Carolyn said she believed in angels.

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 January 2009 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.




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connsgirl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 10, 2010 at 9:20 am
wow, this is amazing. i read it and i thought dang this girl should write a book. i looooooove everything about it. thank you so much.
 
break.shatter.new said...
Aug. 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm
It doesn't take much to know when great writing is right in front of you, and this was certainly beautiful. Keep on writing :)
 
WanderingChild13 said...
Aug. 22, 2010 at 9:38 pm

i've been rendered speechless by this

 

i've read it five times.

 

i love it. thank you.

 
MelanieLouise This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm
i love how you wrote it. its breathtakingly beautiful. great great work. keep writing, Mel :)
 
Marlyre This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 22, 2010 at 10:32 am
this leaves the mind to fill in the blanks... good job! read some of mine?
 
EscapeVelocity said...
Aug. 6, 2010 at 1:26 pm

beautiful  piece of work

i am usually not one to ask other people by comment but i could use some opinions on my work

 

 
BrandieTamerian said...
Jul. 31, 2010 at 10:22 am
this is great, it felt really personal. Good job!!!!
 
mushroom said...
Jul. 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm
This is beautiful-- gave me shivers! I like the way your poem reads almost like you are stringing your sentences together without pause. It gives it a kind of urgent tone. 
 
lindseyk23 said...
Jul. 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm
you're beyond talented, this brought me to tears. great job.
 
EbonyJade said...
Jul. 10, 2010 at 11:29 am
wow . that was beyond amazing. i loved every second of it .
 
Stargirl212 said...
Jul. 9, 2010 at 3:24 pm
This is amazing. Very deep but very real. Great job!
 
olican16 said...
Jul. 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm
i really love all of the metaphores and symalies(lolz spelling) but anyway... it was a very intresting poem to read... the kind you want to read over and over again.! great job!!
 
Valkeryie said...
Jul. 9, 2010 at 10:00 am

very good.  beautiful word choice, beautiful way of capturing a few moments in a day.  it goes through so many emotions at once, and then closes perfectly.  i'm glad they chose it for the magazine; this poem totally deserved it.

 

 

-Val

 
secretdancer22 said...
Jul. 9, 2010 at 12:13 am
This is a beutiful poem and the words fit amazingly i love your strategy. ou should check out some of my work
 
xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 1, 2010 at 8:54 pm
this is so beautiful and captivating. definetely one of my favorites:)
 
Theresa This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 17, 2010 at 11:02 pm
This poem is haunting in all the ways good poetry should be.  I loved the run-on sentence sort of feel to it, almost like you were out of breath writing it, like there's a desperation to it.
 
starxoxo23 said...
Jun. 17, 2010 at 8:54 pm
wow this is really good but soooo tragic. it almost made me cry.
 
poeticraze said...
Jun. 17, 2010 at 8:33 pm

beautifully written;)

ur a great writer

 
weirdo1997 said...
Jun. 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm
Amazing! Kewl! :)
 
Sprit said...
Jun. 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm
THIS was amazing. I totally get it and you were really descrpitive
 
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