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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cleo12 said...
May 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm
i love this poem.
vania B. said...
May 27, 2009 at 4:37 pm
whyd u have 2 make me cry? kudos though. very touching
Kadie A. said...
May 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm
thats all i can say is wow
Twilightnme said...
May 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm
This was touching. I couldn't bear it anymore. my eyes are soggy now... it was beautiful and gracious. You are a great poet. Nice detail on your work. I am heart founded...
MariaMarie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 14, 2009 at 10:34 pm
Sad, a good way to express yourself. Things will work out- i'm sure he'd want u to be happy. It gives us the pain and helps to show just how special your friends are. Very lovely.
sarahw said...
May 10, 2009 at 5:28 pm
This is beautiful. You are a talented writer and this is wonderful...I too have lost a friend who never turned 17. You express your feelings eloquently and touchingly. Kudos :)
msz_lady_bon_bon said...
May 8, 2009 at 10:51 pm
this poem is really heart felt. i am so sorry to hear about ur friend.
nothingbutme said...
May 3, 2009 at 6:28 pm
thiss poem was amazing and im sorry about your friend
PlumbThePuma said...
Apr. 28, 2009 at 4:29 am
wow that was amazing and i'm sorry about your friend. :(
blackamethyst said...
Apr. 21, 2009 at 11:24 pm
moving and emotional, very impacting. love it.
xcupcakesxbrokenheartx said...
Apr. 18, 2009 at 7:27 pm
Wow, that is just so sad... I love it!
kissingdawn331 said...
Apr. 15, 2009 at 7:01 pm
I love yr :(
Duckie430 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 12:58 pm
awww. this is really beautiful
Jacky said...
Apr. 2, 2009 at 11:51 pm
an amazing poem...
Jilybeanrb This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 30, 2009 at 12:54 pm
Wow! I didn't even know this was published. I can't tell you how that makes me feel.

I appreciate your comments (: I'm really not that strong. I just loved her.
Madison_R said...
Mar. 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm
This makes me want to cry. Very well written! Congratulations for getting it published.
Donna T. said...
Mar. 29, 2009 at 3:24 am
This is a really moving poem and I personally can't believe how strong you are.
Keep on writing :]
Just_Another_Poet said...
Feb. 2, 2009 at 4:45 pm
I love this poem. (I miss her too...)
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