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sometimes i remember
dr. seuss books that declared
with such certainty
that individuality was
all that mattered

bible verses that explained
why we would be going to hell
if we didn’t pick up the pace

looking through mousetraps
and crossing our fingers
as we prayed:

don’t die, little guy,
don’t die, don’t die.

now,
on an apple-juice stained sofa
i watch smoke leave
a sagging body in a gray sweatshirt directly
through the nose
and i wonder if this is what
dr. seuss meant all those years ago about
nonsense waking up the brain cells.

and i’m thinking,
i shouldn’t let you do this.

but then again,
i am such a hypocrite.

sometimes i remember
sunday school priests
and how they would describe
heaven as this place where
you love god
so passionately that
it is enough
and it is enough
and it is enough.

so maybe if i could believe in
boys in the ripped jeans
and gray hoodies
enough to make them gods
i could make this world
heaven and i could tie-dye
my past blue and green
and it would serve as earth.

sometimes i remember god,
and sometimes he remembers me.

but i always seem to
remember you.

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 June 2009 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.




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GemValley250 said...
Oct. 25, 2010 at 8:54 am:
Great job! Really long and really good poem. I enjoyed it. Thanks very much for commenting on my work! ! !
 
GemValley250 replied...
Oct. 25, 2010 at 8:59 am :
Oh no actually you didn't, oops, never mind!!!!!!!!!
 
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kmarie17 said...
Oct. 3, 2010 at 4:54 pm:
AMAZING! :) I love this poem!
 
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bethy4916 said...
Oct. 3, 2010 at 4:01 pm:
I love it. It's beautiful... so serene.
 
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socrchik33 said...
Aug. 30, 2010 at 9:09 pm:
amazing-absolutely amazing. this poem is so good!! keep writing 
 
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lollykiki12 said...
Aug. 30, 2010 at 6:33 pm:
i love it its so reall and out htere your good u have real talent
 
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xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 25, 2010 at 9:42 am:
Woah. This poem is amazing!!
 
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cupcake420 said...
Aug. 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm:
this hole poem i can relate to .. it just makes you feel like when we were kids that every thing was so inncent but when we go grow up we see just how big this world is ...
 
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Marlyre This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm:
I really like the 3rd to last stanza... and i can definitely relate to knowing someone who smokes... its so hard to help someone who knows all the risks and still commits to it... Read some of mine?
 
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choirchic101 said...
Jul. 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm:
It was good. I liked it
 
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heybabayheybabayhey said...
Jul. 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm:
you should work on your grammar and puctuation...it was hard to understand but once i thought about it i realized its not bad
 
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pinkypromise23 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm:
oh my gosh that was sooo good. wow. it gave me goosebumps(;
 
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E.LeeXxX3 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm:
that was incredible. simple as that. and i love it.
 
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brightlights said...
Jun. 1, 2010 at 4:50 pm:
This was amazing. I love how much passion is put into this poem and how it just pulls at your heart-strings. Very good job :)
 
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StormyxD said...
May 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm:
this poem kicks butt.
 
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hannahbee7 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 16, 2010 at 8:34 pm:
Wow. this was wonderful. I can really rate. Sometimes it's hard to follow God. Hence my poem, "What Would Jesus Do?" But I know where you're coming from. Keep up the amazing work!
 
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Metree This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 12, 2010 at 10:02 am:
This poem is sooo good!! Starts off with innocent childhood then makes its way into the raw reality of the real word- fantastic job
 
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NoLabelsPlease said...
May 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm:

i completely agree with choirchic just think about it...loved this poem though very passionate

 

 
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Only,I This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 20, 2010 at 11:27 pm:
This is utterly amazing. It's so deep and passionate.
 
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mcpanicfanic said...
Apr. 9, 2010 at 1:58 am:
i dont normally comment. but i have to on this poem. it is so amazing. such emotion in the writing. truly inspiring.
 
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ForbiddenLove... said...
Apr. 2, 2010 at 8:28 am:
The poem wrenches at your heart, makes you remember what happens in the dreams you have. I believe in one thing or another, but this poem reminded me that even if you leave the "kingdom of childhood" to quote a friend, you can still remain innocent and naive.
 
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