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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
birthdays.

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dancingdaisies said...
Feb. 13, 2010 at 10:06 pm
oh my god thats SO sad!!! i lajit cried!!! if you dont mind my asking, how did it happen?
 
Jilybeanrb This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm
She died very suddenly of a brain aneurysm.
 
noelleism said...
Feb. 13, 2010 at 7:41 pm
I can really feel the pain seething through
this poem. It is simple, yet full of emotoin and feeling. I've never lost some body but, I can feel you pain. When I read you words I was there. I felt your pain and tears welled up in my eyes. I really enjoyed what you had to say about life and death. It was deep. And so unlike so many other poems that I've read. Keep it all Like this and you will be successful.:)
 
Jilybeanrb This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm
Thank you :)
 
the_Horsegirl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm
Really good, so sad.
 
CaptainFabulous. said...
Feb. 6, 2010 at 12:23 pm
amazing
so much heart is put into this poem
really good
do u think u could read my stuff?
 
silent-one said...
Jan. 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm
oh wow i loved it!!! my eyes got watery. tommorrow is my 17th birthday and this poem really opened my eyes to the reality that it doesn't matter how old you are... another day, another birthday isn't promised. thanks! keep writing.
 
Jilybeanrb This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm
Thank you :) And yes, that's the absolute truth.
 
Chelz said...
Jan. 5, 2010 at 10:44 am
I had tears in my eyes the whole way through. This poem is very touching
 
Poet_in_Motion This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 24, 2009 at 1:40 pm
This is a beautiful poem...I've never lost a close friend but I cry for you now anyway. It was so powerful.
 
JustWriting... said...
Nov. 11, 2009 at 9:26 pm
For Paig3Cagl3 you need to stop putting comments about you on other peoples work. You're not even reading what a great poem this is. I really love this poem because it made feel sad and yet when i'm not supposed to understand your pain i do through this poem. its great keep writing please
 
jmc.13 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 17, 2009 at 8:26 pm
This poem is so well written and so powerful. The ending was superb, and the reader could feel the pain you expressed. Fantastic job!
And I agree...I hate when people talk about their own work on a comment.
 
Paig3Cagl3 said...
Nov. 5, 2009 at 3:01 pm
This poem has great flow and insight.
I really enjoyed it.
Lovely poem darling =]
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BabyGirl11010 said...
Jul. 12, 2009 at 2:53 pm
this is amasing i really loved it
 
fivefiveoheight This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 28, 2009 at 2:57 am
Beautiful the emotion is amazing. got me glassy eyed,good job:)
 
jaleela B. said...
May 28, 2009 at 2:32 am
I really enjoyed reading the poem, it was really good, strong and deep. love it love it love it.
 
julia H. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 28, 2009 at 12:45 am
I cried when I read this, and I didnt even know her. Right when I started reading it, this song called Your Gaurdian Angel started playing. So sad!
 
pinksage33 said...
May 27, 2009 at 11:44 pm
This poem is breath taking and heart wrenching!!!
 
Abigil said...
May 27, 2009 at 11:44 pm
This is so touching. Is this true? If so, my deepest condolences.
 
lovehate29 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 27, 2009 at 9:16 pm
Wow! I'm am so touched by your poem. I'm so sorry about your friend and congratulations on getting this published. It was very good and very well constructed.Keep it up! You are talented.
~~~~~p.s. check out my poems please and comment or vote. Please! Thanks!
 
climbergirl said...
May 27, 2009 at 8:07 pm
This is well written and touching. It reminds me of some pieces I tried to write when one of my close friends died - he never reached 17 either.
 
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