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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.

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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Wintergrl7 said...
Dec. 2, 2011 at 9:31 pm:
LOVE IT. it seems as though the words start flowing together but then theres that awkward sentence, 2 dif writing styles that make the tempo weird
 
Presley96 replied...
Dec. 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm :
I agree, but it is a great piece of poetry
 
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Ella1 said...
Dec. 2, 2011 at 5:49 pm:
I love this, neat perspective. If you have a chance would you mind reading some of my work?
 
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belieber said...
Dec. 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm:
this was very unique! i like it alot :) very creative.
 
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heather_marie said...
Dec. 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm:
wow i'm speechless!
 
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kairi.kaylynThis 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...
Dec. 2, 2011 at 9:56 am:
 was a really good article. Very well written.
 
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garthgirl8888 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 10, 2011 at 8:39 pm:
WOW! So good...
 
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Dreammer said...
Nov. 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm:
Well written please look at my work and cOmment... Everyone I want honest so I can better my writing k thanks :)
 
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lipstick_lullabies said...
Nov. 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm:
This is a very beautiful piece with a unique perspective and writing style. I love it!! Keep writing, :)
 
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Rikki-Lynn said...
Nov. 10, 2011 at 10:39 am:

wow I love this !!!!!!!!! you are a very good writer good job!!!!!

 

 
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AmayaSakaruta said...
Nov. 10, 2011 at 9:02 am:
i like how you made it hopeful. like things will be messed up, but at least simple things will still be good. pleez feedback on my work?
 
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LiveLoveAnna said...
Oct. 19, 2011 at 7:41 pm:
Wow thsi has brought tears to my eyes. Everything about this is truly beautiful. All I can say is wow.
 
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lifeissuffering said...
Oct. 19, 2011 at 7:40 pm:
I really enjoyed this poem, I love the way your wrote it.
 
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MakaylaS. said...
Oct. 19, 2011 at 5:03 pm:
This was AMAZING. one of my absolute favorite poems. you really deserve to be an author or poet someday! again, AMAZING job! <3
 
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GirlWhoWrote said...
Oct. 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm:
Very good job! Check out my work!
 
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KCayla said...
Oct. 19, 2011 at 2:27 pm:
wow, that was totally not a waste of time. good job.
 
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Expressing_Char said...
Oct. 19, 2011 at 10:00 am:
WOA!
You sound like you have ALOT of experience, like your... your... a PRFESSIONAL, DUDE(or dudett) YOU SHOULD GET PAYED TO WRITE!!! :D 
IT WAS GLORIOUS!
I would actaualy be HONORED if you were to read some of my newby poems x)
 
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DarknessForever13 said...
Oct. 19, 2011 at 8:17 am:
This was a great poem, you captured the essence of life itself, an kept my heartstrings taut till the end. Keep writing, You are and amazingly mature writer,  and you are going to go far!
 
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singingdetective said...
Sept. 27, 2011 at 9:13 am:
This is one of the most professional and mature poems I have seen ever! It sounds so well developed and flowing, as though you've been writing poetry for ages. The best comparison I make is to Robert Frost, that's how deep and intelligent this poem really sounds. FANTASTIC JOB! :D
 
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zadiekatie23 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 5, 2011 at 7:23 pm:
Amazing. Just stunning. I - Wow. I'm really at a loss for words.
 
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HateKnuckle said...
Aug. 14, 2011 at 11:02 pm:
I hate to be generic but that was awesome. 5 stars. You captured the randomness of life quite well with events that weren't iconic but are symbolic of life.
 
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