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

December 10, 2008
I met you at Jessica’s fourteenth birthday party,
where we stayed up all night on the couch.
I don’t remember a word of what we talked about
but I can still see you there, with the blanket on your lap,
and you were laughing. Always laughing.
I’m glad we became best friends.

I was there for your fifteenth birthday –
we watched “Flushed Away” at the Grand.
We laughed about it as we ate cake
in the glass party room where everyone could see us.
I’m sure that if they noticed you, what they saw was that
you were so alive.

You were there when I turned fifteen, and we ate at Friday’s.
I took a picture of you there.
Your dad has it now, he keeps it with him.
And I haven’t eaten there since.

Jessica didn’t celebrate her fifteenth birthday the same –
by then, you were gone.

For your sixteenth birthday, all your friends gathered
at your grave, and we wrote you notes.
We rolled them up tight and put them in balloons.
We sent the balloons away and pretended
you would get them.

I turned sixteen.
I lit a candle; I wished you were there.

Saturday is your seventeenth birthday.
And it’s hard to believe.
This year, I think we will try to forget.
But your impact, it’s still here.
It’s like tiny craters in my skin.
And I will always remember you,
through all the years.
Through all the

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gaabbbeeee_ said...
Oct. 13, 2014 at 11:16 am
AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OldYoungOne said...
Nov. 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm
The words written reflect a deep emotion inside you or the inspiration you got to wite this is even deeper. You did an excellemt job of combing the innocence of a child that progresses in a teen.
raindance72 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm
This was lovely. Funny, I actually wrote a piece called Happy Birthday recently! I really enjoyed this; beautiful.
Moobyboo said...
Oct. 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm
simply beautiful
LOLOU said...
Sept. 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm
wow ....cant say more this is just too perfect ...nd am sorry for the birthday and for ur friend !
irishlass317 said...
Jul. 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm
Omigosh this is soooo amazing. It literally took my breath away!! Great job, and keep writing!! :-) <3
MikaylaT said...
Jul. 5, 2012 at 10:46 am
This was amazing, it really hit home to me. I loved the simile "like tiny craters in my skin." Very creative!
writer3499 said...
Jun. 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm
wow that was really touching and really great!!
TMarie42 said...
Jun. 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm
Very beautiful.
crushed_veneer said...
May 22, 2012 at 11:20 am
beautiful and touching, i got chills. this poem is beautiful, i'm sorry for the loss<3
Pragya said...
Mar. 23, 2012 at 4:24 am

Really Heart touching.

Beautiful Poem.

SaraSmiles said...
Mar. 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm
Wow--chills! I'm glad you were able to express your thoughts so beautifully
jellybean14 said...
Mar. 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm
This poem is so lovely and heart breaking. I felt everything with the protagoinist, and that's really good writing.
BieberLover16 said...
Sept. 28, 2011 at 8:33 am
i know who your talking about. I heard a lot about her, I'm soo sorry for your lost. :'(
cebomar9 replied...
Jan. 11, 2012 at 9:07 am
seriously this is amazing and beautiful keep writing
tionashaylaR said...
Sept. 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm
i literally got goosebumps. not even kidding, at first i was wondering where this poem was going, then it hit me, right then and there the hairs on my arms and back stood up. i love it.
Blue4 said...
Aug. 10, 2011 at 9:30 am

This brings tears to my eyes. Utterly beautiful, I honestly hope that this is made up, not based on a real life occurence.

Would you please read some of my work, rate, and comment? especially my two attempts at poetry ("For What Have All These People Died", and "The Violinist").

smilingtillinfinity said...
Jul. 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm
THis person.. the protagonist.. is definitely so special!
dolphin13 said...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 11:11 am
So Sad! I don't know what I would do if I lost my best friend. Stay strong and keep on writing!
Sami-Boo said...
Jul. 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm
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