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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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Lauren_Faith996 said...
Nov. 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm:
Beautiful.
 
Zaid1315 replied...
Dec. 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm :
This is absolutely beautiful and good!
 
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ReadWriteBreathe said...
Nov. 5, 2011 at 11:23 am:
This is absolutely amazing. So beautiful.
 
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MakaylaS. said...
Nov. 5, 2011 at 10:13 am:
This was the most beautiful poem i've read in a long time. truly, madly, beautiful. you definitely deserved to be in the magazine. loved it.
 
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Lexie96 said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm:
Beautiufl, if you have time check out my work? I'd love to hear your opinion
 
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BrookeM said...
Oct. 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm:
i think you are such an amazing writter. this peice brought tears to my eyes and pain to my soul. you should keep on writting. i believe that if you really put your mind to it we could be reading book that you wrote some day. so keep up the good work and never stop.
 
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aphids77 said...
Oct. 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm:
 that was amazing.
 
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to.hold.the.sun This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm:
I may have commented on this before, but  that last stanza seriously gives me goosebumps every time. That's the mark of a great poet: to have the reader FEEL something. To be shocked or horrified or just plain sad. A writer that can do that is truly fantastic, and your poem left me speechless with tears in my eyes.
 
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megglemsm97 said...
Sept. 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm:
I absolutely LOVE this!! you're so talented, keep writing!
 
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iluvrockandroll2 said...
Sept. 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm:
brilliant!! love it :)
 
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lucy said...
Sept. 23, 2011 at 9:54 am:

Spectacular.

But- is Carolyn dead, or- ?

 
raindance72 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm :
yes, Carolyn did die I'd say. and it is spectacular isn't it! :)
 
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sasha_roseThis 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. 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm:
oh wow! this is really great. the writing is fantastic!
 
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Mrs.parez said...
Sept. 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm:

i think this poem is very great and it is deep....it was very lively..

you could paint a picture in your mind..so great job Debbie

 

 
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BeatleMania16 said...
Sept. 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm:
this is amazing.
 
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taintedannex This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 2, 2011 at 8:12 am:
Absolutely stunning. 
 
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WindDancer said...
Sept. 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm:
This is amazing. SO sad yet so beautiful. Like life itself.
 
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aaliona said...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 10:24 pm:
This was sweet and simple, yet very powerful. I'm a little confused by believing in angels and reincarnation, but overall, it's a piece that makes me think. And that's my criteria for a great piece.
 
Psychosys replied...
Feb. 1, 2012 at 9:47 pm :
I interpreted the angels as a reference to heaven/the afterlife with the poem ending in a suicide. nonetheless a Powerful and Striking poem written by a brilliant wordsmith.
 
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AbstractFragment This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 7:57 pm:
This is great, I absolutely love this.
 
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