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How many faces and birthdays will I come to remember
before my eyes shut for the last time
and I find myself in that closet I hid in that smelled of laundry softener
in the third grade because I didn’t belong in a girl’s house?
How many fingers and palms and fingernails
will I see amid how many trees, swinging green and happy branches in the spring
like the clasped hands of middle aged lovers who left the kids at home with a babysitter
so they could go for an afternoon walk?
I imagine there will be enough smiles and enough tears
that if I wanted to I could flood the city of New York
and swim through those blurred lights in the dead of an August night
and sing along with the crickets and the distorted sound of drowned car horns.
Hopefully I’ll have a bag of forehead wrinkles and boxes full of voices
from teachers and friends and train conductors
who say the most unimportant things like “May I see your ticket?”
Hopefully there will be shoes and coats from parties
and sloppy kisses on doorsteps in cold January nights
where my breath will be visible in the air and the ice near my feet
will sparkle and gleam in the periodic flicker of the dying bulb
in her porch light.
Even if things go wrong,
at least there will be the smell of honeysuckle and sweat
in my mother’s hair as she held me to her chest as I came fresh from the womb
and there will always be those fluorescent lights.

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FlamableFyre This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 6, 2009 at 7:02 pm:
amazing!!!!!! this is totally being added as one of my favorites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
luna12709 replied...
Dec. 6, 2009 at 9:58 pm :
That is how i felt when i read it that was super goodl
 
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abooga.looga said...
Dec. 6, 2009 at 4:37 pm:
this is amazing.
i love all the little details.
simply beautifully written
 
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TheColorRose This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm:
I really liked how you could name a thousand different experiences and still describe them using the smallest, unnoticed details. Good job!
 
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sasssgirrrl22 said...
Nov. 14, 2009 at 12:43 pm:
awesome poem. it haz gr8 flow and descriptionz
 
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Tangnefedd said...
Nov. 14, 2009 at 12:04 pm:
Fascinating collage of the human experience--a pleasure to take in...
 
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Paig3Cagl3 said...
Nov. 6, 2009 at 2:55 pm:
This poem has great flow and insight.
I really enjoyed it.
Lovely poem darling =]
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Katelyn M. said...
Nov. 3, 2009 at 7:32 pm:
wow...very nice...i like it a lot!!!!!
 
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QuestionAuthority1128 said...
Oct. 23, 2009 at 9:21 pm:
Excellent poem! Such vivid wording & beautiful display of ideas and memories.
 
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Cady said...
Oct. 23, 2009 at 5:58 pm:
Nice article keep up the great work. I vote a five.
 
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DisortientedIdentity said...
Oct. 23, 2009 at 4:05 pm:
Wow, I truly love this poem. There are so many moments in life that I want to wrap up and keep, like the ones you mentioned here. You really captured some intimate moments and made your poem come to life. Great job.
 
kristina replied...
Dec. 28, 2009 at 5:49 pm :
hey wat's up
 
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Schubster said...
Oct. 23, 2009 at 3:49 pm:
Beautiful poem with a very nice flow and theme. Great job :)
 
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SeptemberCrew This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 23, 2009 at 6:37 am:
You are a talented poet! Will you read my article? TeenInk.com/opinion/love_relationships/article/129738/To-My-Future-Spouse/
 
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Torsten O. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 28, 2009 at 8:42 am:
That was truly fabulous. The key was in the specificity of the images, and their physicality. I think. Really imagistic. I usually go for things that are more abstract, but this was really effective.
 
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Twilightnme said...
May 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm:
amazing... and touching. I really enjoyed it. I was astonished and blown away.
 
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brooke.is.gone. said...
May 16, 2009 at 3:24 am:
wow. i'm like, speachless? i loved your imagery and descriptions. :)
 
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EleanorRigby This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm:
wow at first i thought it was going to be really corny and cliche but it was so much better than i thought it would be, fantastic job!
 
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LittleBritt said...
May 6, 2009 at 11:58 am:
that was awesome. you have such a talent for details. you can piece together a lot without making it a mess. be proud of that. that is my hardest obsticle in writing. beautiful poem
 
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Cory S. said...
May 1, 2009 at 1:00 am:
great man, i mean really wow!
 
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annkaykay2011 said...
May 6, 2009 at 7:13 pm:
That was beautiful! <3
The imagery
 
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