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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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LaceeJade This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm:
Wow, this is very captivating. I absolutly lovd it.
 
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Missundrstoodx2 said...
Jan. 10, 2012 at 1:59 am:
Captivating, heart-wrenching, so engaging. Several stories wrapped into one, and it all comes full circle in the most pleasant, bittersweet, unexpected of ways. Thank you, and stay strong.
 
scenesoccerqueen replied...
Jan. 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm :
Purely Amazing! I read this as if i was entranced...this is a beautiful piece of poetry!
 
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Wildflower30 said...
Jan. 10, 2012 at 12:56 am:
Wow would be an understatement.
 
JarOfHearts1 replied...
Feb. 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm :
so true! i know many ppl have said this before but this is so amazing...please keep writing and share with us! :)
 
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Meaghan_Elise said...
Jan. 4, 2012 at 7:05 am:
Your details and imagery are so flawless and descriptive. I love it!
 
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eliana924 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 18, 2011 at 11:45 pm:

Wow. Wow. Wow.

Not much else to say... great imagery, interesting concepts, very chilling. Amazing job!

 
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raindance72 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm:

New update, I think this is my favorite poem ever. I read it every day atleast once. I would love to see more! :)

lol sorry....I know it's not my blog or something but this poem is amazing!

 
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raindance72 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 2, 2011 at 9:02 pm:
I've already commented but I read this through again and I'm just blown away by it. So beautiful, powerful, haunting....there isn't a rating high enough for this poem.
 
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Starr420 said...
Nov. 27, 2011 at 11:32 pm:
This completly made me cry. This is amazing. Much love <3 
 
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fallawaybroken said...
Nov. 27, 2011 at 10:05 pm:
This is absolutely amazing...it's so powerful and has an amazing flow. I actually think it would translate well into a spoken poem. Wonderful!
 
TheRoadNotTaken replied...
Feb. 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm :
There are many ways for a person to construct a poem or writting ... i belive that yes, you are one of the many people who can. But you are much diffrent. you can take a common moment that happens in many peoples lives and you turned that moment into a thrilling, heart-renching, beautiful words that stream like a river into the common internet. Now that is something!
 
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BeyondTheBrooke said...
Nov. 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm:
chills....
 
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raindance72 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 27, 2011 at 12:25 pm:

This is so beautiful, so emotional. I look up to this poem as a writer, my poetry is not yet this strong in emotion.

Can some people check out my poem, Falling? I haven't received any feedback yet and would love to get some comments :)

 
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Hirschikiss said...
Nov. 27, 2011 at 11:44 am:
Wow this is amazing! The end left me speechless! Keep writing :)
 
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ilovewriting43 said...
Nov. 17, 2011 at 11:56 am:
This deserves75189729027 stars. Beautiful :)
 
raindance72 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm :
I know right? :D
 
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WritingJulia This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 5, 2011 at 10:55 pm:
what an awesome poem
 
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ELM522 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 5, 2011 at 7:11 pm:
This is an amazing piece.  I cannot even express in words how beautiful it really is.
 
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imyours said...
Nov. 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm:
This piece is stunning. I'm speechless. The flow of this piece is amazing , makes me eager to hear more !!
 
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