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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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LilJ<3 said...
Apr. 10, 2009 at 8:51 pm:
WOW that was great! you are a beautiful poet...what you wrote touched my heart. Please continue to write and share you gift of words with everyone... You are going to go very far with this.... Good luck in everything you do...
♥ Jackie
 
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JennJenn said...
Mar. 25, 2009 at 12:27 pm:
loved it. very descriptive... your an awesome poet...!
 
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brightsideofthemoon This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 23, 2009 at 1:31 am:
Gorgeous man
 
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sondheimfreak This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 21, 2009 at 5:10 pm:
That was really good. I love the imagedry especially.
 
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dulcenina1210 said...
Mar. 20, 2009 at 2:04 am:
Love it! Great work. I especially love the last line.
 
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Elizabeth S. said...
Mar. 18, 2009 at 6:52 pm:
wow...that is really really good! you are deffinetly a natural!
 
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Hallieinthewings said...
Mar. 16, 2009 at 9:08 pm:
I like the imagery.
 
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Smokey_Jay said...
Mar. 16, 2009 at 1:38 pm:
Man you can Write!
 
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Maisha R. said...
Mar. 14, 2009 at 2:51 am:
Wow.. it's so wonderful I can't believe you wrote that.
 
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HeatherSunshine said...
Mar. 9, 2009 at 2:05 pm:
I very much enjoyed this, glad to have stumbled upon it.
 
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Duckie430This 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. said...
Mar. 9, 2009 at 1:04 pm:
wow. this is one of the best poems i've read in a long time. it really makes you think about stuff...i like when a piece of writing does that. you're an amazing writer.
 
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Anonymous This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 7, 2009 at 5:25 am:
wow. i want to write like you. thankyou
 
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Austin said...
Mar. 5, 2009 at 11:54 pm:
The poem took me in an artistic trance.
I appreciate the people who can write like that.
 
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kissingdawn331 said...
Mar. 4, 2009 at 7:50 pm:
OMG! that was well ...im lost for words right now..amazing and very perceptive
 
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lala_bear said...
Mar. 2, 2009 at 7:30 pm:
wow that really makes you wonder don't it? nice job i liked it a lot.
 
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