Along the Way This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

November 29, 2008
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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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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.
Lola_Black said...
Aug. 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm
Simply amazing! By the way, please read some of my poems! (thanks)
Laura_Oliver said...
Aug. 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm
This is a really sweet poem. I can tell you worked really hard on this. And please check out my poems, like "True Colors" and "When the Storm Will Come"!!!
emilybwrites said...
Aug. 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm
wow i loved this so much!!! i esp loved the line "will sparkle and gleam in the periodic flicker of the dying bulb". could you check out my poem "Forgotten Domain" and comment/rate it? it would be great!
gossimergrrl said...
Aug. 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm
Wow this is really beautiful. I luv the "boxes full of voices".
ElleNicole said...
Aug. 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm

This is really good. =)

Check out my poems? Thanks!

EyesofBlueFire said...
Aug. 14, 2011 at 11:38 am
This poem was thoughtful. I connected with it, and I love how it ends. Keep up your writing, never lose that spark. :) Feel free to comment on some of my work as well.
RaindropsCatcher This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 14, 2011 at 2:54 am
I especially liked the end. Returning back to where you started before you go away. Good job and great write.
FrancescaHandy said...
Aug. 3, 2011 at 9:40 am
I really like this poem! You did a great job of capturing a feeling that I think everyone gets when they think about the future.
Dragonfly_Girl said...
Jul. 23, 2011 at 11:12 pm
I love this! Beautiful! :)
inkblot13 said...
Jul. 23, 2011 at 9:04 pm

this may be the third time I've posted a comment on this poem, but I can't help it... It's way too awesome!!!!! :D

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WriteToLive said...
Jul. 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm
This is such a lovely poem :) I loved it! especially the last three lines!
DarkenRose said...
Jul. 1, 2011 at 1:48 pm
This poem is so beautiful
TolkienLewisWhitman said...
Jul. 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm
This is beautiful! This poem deserves to be number one!
emilybwrites replied...
Aug. 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm
it IS number one now lol :)
joyfuldancer said...
Jun. 10, 2011 at 12:01 am
such a beautiful poem
SadEmoBunny said...
Jun. 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm
That was a beautiful poem. I could picture everything you said. So beautiful.
Shortblueeyes224 said...
May 18, 2011 at 11:31 am
I liked your poem alot. It was deep.
kaasha said...
Apr. 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm
nice! it was a great poem
bieberl0ve15 said...
Apr. 26, 2011 at 6:48 pm
Great poem! And please look at my poem called Asthma, comment/rate it! I'll do the same for your work.
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