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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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blazey said...
Mar. 26, 2010 at 4:12 am:
It's ok, the line breaks are really bad need some working on, instead of saying things flat out a bit more show don't tell would be better, also more imagery less ranting, on a scale of 1-10 i would give it a 5(1/2) maybe 5 due to the lines and certain stanzas that need to be moved around to fit the poem better. very good idea though, can kinda see what the author was trying to project.
 
KristaCarlynn replied...
Jul. 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm :
when writing poetry, it's putting your personal feelings into written words, and it isn't all that simple. when you get the meaning or the feeling, then the poet has done something right. i understand this poems meaning and think that it is well put into words
 
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manderz said...
Mar. 4, 2010 at 9:59 pm:
wow. this is a really good poem. wish i could write that well
 
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earthmuffin This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 4, 2010 at 9:23 pm:
This is a beautiful poem.
 
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Sabrinahco said...
Mar. 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm:
I LOVE this. Just, wow.
 
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Lovejunky123 said...
Mar. 4, 2010 at 4:59 pm:
It was AMAZING!!
 
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CountryGothic said...
Mar. 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm:
I like this, it could use some sorting through but generally it's quite good.
 
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blacktwilightfairy13 said...
Mar. 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm:
amazing!! :)
 
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Heffygrl said...
Mar. 4, 2010 at 10:55 am:
this is somewhat confusing but it is inspiring.
 
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sonnysulouff This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 10, 2010 at 7:58 pm:
Love it... the author is so much more optimistic than i am! its refreshing to see
 
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MexRicanWave14 said...
Feb. 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm:
This is really good. I think that this author has their feet on the ground, but their head in the clouds. (I know 'cause I'm the same that way)
 
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ChowD This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm:
very... vivid. i love it! you should check out a story that i got 111% on! http ://www.teenink .com /nonfiction/personal_experience/article/153289/Just-a-Bus-Note/
 
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Bambi3226 said...
Feb. 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm:
Thats a pretty awesome poem...
 
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alicecullen said...
Feb. 10, 2010 at 9:14 am:
I really loved this-please check out my poems and stories!
 
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Falling_Angel said...
Feb. 10, 2010 at 2:03 am:
I loved this! I love the message too.
Please check out my poem Wish :)
 
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swimstar28 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 30, 2010 at 6:58 pm:
I love the message that you portrayed through this piece, it shows how much we can get out of life, even if it isnt perfect. I loved it!
 
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epcel said...
Jan. 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm:
This is really good, check out my work please!!!
 
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Jimmy_flash said...
Dec. 29, 2009 at 12:41 am:
great poem i totually loved it
 
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sleeplessdreamer said...
Dec. 28, 2009 at 2:31 pm:
Wow... wow... that's really all I can say. So different and it flows so beautifully. Incredible... you have a gift. Keep writing!
 
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CyanideInYourSmile said...
Dec. 28, 2009 at 10:00 am:
Wow. I smell talent. It smells great. :D
 
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FlamableFyre This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 6, 2009 at 7:02 pm:
amazing!!!!!! this is totally being added as one of my favorites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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