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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RideTheWave said...
Apr. 4, 2011 at 11:43 am
This is really good! I am a new writer here! i just posted my first poem! plz go check it out!!!
adam.c replied...
Apr. 26, 2011 at 10:38 am
it's really great
RideTheWave replied...
Apr. 26, 2011 at 5:57 pm
thanks!!! it means a lot coming from another writher! 
adam.c replied...
Apr. 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm
umm ya,i also write attempted to write a poem for a first time in teen ink and was published on line...if you like please look that and rate it or comment on it...i'll do the same for you
RideTheWave replied...
Apr. 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm

ya sure! what is it called?


adam.c replied...
May 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm
thanks dude,,,,,,my articles are ONE COLD NIGHT,not to work more(essay)....and haiku's are save the trees,her heart..........
RideTheWave replied...
May 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm
cool! i am gonna go check em out soon and i will give you feedback when i am done!
RideTheWave replied...
May 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm
that was awesome. i am so sorry for your loss. it is really very well written, but people write their best when they feel something
live-your-life said...
Apr. 4, 2011 at 6:36 am
"I like to pride myself with the images I create in my poems, but I am willing to admit that your images are way better. It hurts to admit it, i must say, but it's true," I said as I burst out crying in front of the computer screen. "Please don't tell my parents."
overachiever-writing said...
Mar. 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm
Excellent job
LiveInTheMoment said...
Mar. 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm
This poem was interesting, I just felt it was a bit unclear towards the end. But overall, it was a beautiful poem. The words flowed together nicely, and the picture fit it perfectly. Keep writing
callmeVieve11 said...
Mar. 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm
I absolutely love this poem. Good work!! It really makes you think and the imagery is perfect.
Norma-Bernard said...
Mar. 13, 2011 at 9:11 am
This poem is way cooooool! Awesome Job! :) I write a lot of poetry myself, and this really is eye catching. I am new to Teen Ink, so please check out my work!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep writing!!!!!!!!!
TheOptimist said...
Mar. 13, 2011 at 12:41 am
I don't always read poetry but this specific piece caught my attention. I couldn't stop reading. This piece relates to what I ponder on everyday with every breath I inhale and exhale. You're a talented poet and writer. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Marblewolf said...
Feb. 19, 2011 at 10:56 pm
I loved how all of the images were so vivid and striking but at the same time they were just bluntly tossed at you. It was chaotic but an appropriate choatic, because thats how life is.
lilmo23 said...
Feb. 19, 2011 at 8:36 am
this is an awesome poem! i will probably have to read through it at least two more times. it's so good. !! hey if you get a chance can you check out my poems? feedback would be greatly appreciated! thanks so much! :)
ellie315 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 19, 2011 at 1:23 am

This is 999,999,999x better than the #1 poem right now.

So beautifully crafted.

lime_green.dorian said...
Feb. 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm
i really like this poem
LoveisHappiness97 said...
Jan. 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm
I love how it talks of everthing people go through. And how they will find on their way also.
Mgymnast This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm
wow! i love this! you are very good with description and i could envision this poem so well!! Also, If you get the chance could you check out some of my poems such as A Mirror Image & The Sinners Confession (and comment and rate them??) It would be greatly appreciated! THANKS!! :):)
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