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You had muesli teeth,
I thought,
When you smiled
And you ornamented my arms
With highlighter swirls.
You liked skateboards and surfboards
And you drew impossible rollercoasters
Which scrawled, lawlessly, across
your math book.

We had wars with rubbers,
I remember,
And hysterical, incriminating laughing fits
That only I got told off for.

Now you're two feet taller
2,629,745 minutes older
And half a stranger to me.

You arrive at the party,
Skateboard in the crook of your lanky arm,
Wearing a lopsided grin.

You look right through me.

And, in that moment,
The chords of our friendship break,
The chords only I savored,
And your muesli-toothed smile
Wastes away in my heart.
I watch you light a cigarette
I feel
The awkwardness as it hangs on your lips
And my, you burn on its tip.

2,629,745 minutes apart
But I still treasured you,
Aged eight, in my heart
Clearly you had no snapshots.

An eight-year-old smokes and smolders,
The party lights swim;
Engulf me in their music
And the mainstream throbbing.

My hand finds my pocket,
My jeans,
As I turn away from your pyre
The cased highlighter in there
Strokes my fingers.
Comforting.
Comforting.
I cling to my little piece of 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.




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WOWritingThis 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...
May 22 at 11:30 am:
I know the feeling :( one of my friends moved to spain and when i got in contact with them on facebook and emailed them, they just seemed to change and become different. you described it really well :) you're an amazing poet and writer, keep writing!
 
mereCatThis 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. replied...
May 23 at 1:38 am :
Yeah, it's just sad the way physical distance can cause distance in a friendship. Thanks very much as well. i really appreciate your feedback!
 
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