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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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SurRara said...
Jan. 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm:
I love the way you word your expressions. Its absoulutly bueatiful that this poem can make such a serine scenary in my mind. You are amazing.
 
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peregrinefalcon This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm:
Beautiful.
 
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Mikayla B. said...
Jan. 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm:
i luv♥ iit.......................
 
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starstruck15 said...
Jan. 6, 2011 at 10:22 am:
I must admit that I really enjoyed this one:)
 
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_Snow_ said...
Dec. 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm:
Excellent. Beautifully written :)
 
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Freak4g said...
Dec. 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm:
good Poetry, I must say.
 
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Alisha62293 said...
Dec. 15, 2010 at 7:37 am:
This was very insightful, i loved it =)
 
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BraydenHirsch said...
Nov. 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm:
Love this!  I don't get the chance to read much poetry, but when I do...if it's like this, I'm happy!
 
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HuntressEmma said...
Nov. 23, 2010 at 7:12 pm:
WOW. Uh, woah.
 
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123poetry said...
Nov. 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm:
this was such a beautiful poem. i love the analogies you used and the way you described everything in such little words, keep up the greatt work!
 
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starrr7 said...
Nov. 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm:
amazing, i love the imagery!
 
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XxLORxX said...
Nov. 23, 2010 at 11:57 am:
This poem definitely intruiged me. You have a great talent here. Your descriptions were very good. Love this!
 
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Bloodthirsty said...
Nov. 23, 2010 at 11:31 am:
Wow! Its like... wow
 
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CommonSense7 said...
Nov. 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm:

Wow, I really really like this. You convince the reader throughout the poem to keep on reading, or at least that was the feel that I got. 

This reminded me of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury. Read it? You should. Great great read, interesting style, just like your work. =)

 
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Dragonscribe said...
Nov. 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm:

I love this! So many words...so beautifully put....For this sort of poem I might say it was cramped by the extensive vocabulary, but I can tell that was the point of the poem. The words really make it come alive. Wow...just stunning.

Please check out my work!

 
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Duckie430 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 1, 2010 at 12:46 pm:
this is a really great poem, keep writing!!
 
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vegan416 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 1, 2010 at 11:31 am:
kaaayy so you are AMAZING! this is how i dream of writing someday--so breath-taking and fluent and describing everything so perfectly. thanks for setting the bar and showing me how to write. keep writing!!!!! (:
 
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DeceivingPrincess8 said...
Nov. 1, 2010 at 7:47 am:
wow this poem is beautiful
 
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WhiteShadows said...
Oct. 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm:
In a word? Beautiful. I loved tha analogies you created and the simple way of explaining what you wish to happen before you die. You took those pictures in your mind and translated them wonderfullly into words. Keep wriitng!
 
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Michelle24 said...
Oct. 10, 2010 at 12:57 am:
This was both touching and inspiring. Keep up the amazing work. I don't think I could ever be as amazing as you are! I love this one. Almost too much.
 
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