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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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.
Macx14 said...
Sept. 18, 2010 at 3:21 pm
Beautifully written, love it!
music_dreamer said...
Aug. 27, 2010 at 11:52 am
 rellly nice. the ending is abrupt but it makes sense. gud job
Olajubutu A. said...
Aug. 27, 2010 at 5:12 am
nice nd touching.......good job
krissyx0 said...
Aug. 5, 2010 at 10:29 pm
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Richie'sAwesome replied...
Nov. 1, 2010 at 7:41 pm
Um....that's frightening....I understand why that is amusing as a joke but please don't post things like that on the internet; I tried to report it as abuse but there were so many steps. I know this is a joke - but some people get really scared by these things. Please be more considerate.
starstruck15 replied...
Jan. 6, 2011 at 10:24 am
MelanieLouise This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 5, 2010 at 11:05 am
great emotion and it flowed very nicely. i love how simply you ended it, the ending made the piece that much better. great great work. keep writing, Mel :)
Kingfan123 said...
Jul. 27, 2010 at 9:05 am
That was really great! Moving! TWO THUMBS WAY UP!
ChelzH said...
Jul. 14, 2010 at 6:17 pm
 This is really good, :)
bbygurl21 said...
Jul. 14, 2010 at 4:14 pm
this poem touched me so deep good job
MercedesXO said...
Jul. 14, 2010 at 1:03 am
great job. i love the message you have portrayed. and your use of imagery is..amazing:) i recently joined the site and nearly none of my work has yet been accepted. but two of my pieces have, and id love if you viewed them and told me what you think. great job!!
Vivallaa said...
Jun. 22, 2010 at 6:51 pm
What is it about? 
starstruck15 replied...
Jan. 6, 2011 at 10:24 am
OneGodForever32 said...
Jun. 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm
Wow, this is amazing!!
Jessyka8985 said...
Jun. 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm
omg that is so great im new here and i loveeee it! keep writing
SKN17 said...
Jun. 22, 2010 at 8:33 am

Whoa. You have some amazing talent!

Your use of imagery is amazing, and so is the message you have conveyed. Great, inspiring writing!!!

Yvesss said...
Jun. 22, 2010 at 4:47 am
wow i wish i could write like you :) 
krazykelsey said...
May 31, 2010 at 4:28 pm
i love the way you worded everything its very beautiful. you can see it in your mind. keep writing its your amazing at it.
EllieMae said...
May 31, 2010 at 1:32 pm
Very moving, great imagery too. It holds a very nice message.
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