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he wouldn’t dance around anyone’s question
or make anyone smile
and everybody would hate him

he wouldn’t have made friends with the ­exacto knife he used to cut his grip tape
and she wouldn’t have carved up her arm with a safety pin on new year’s when she was drunk and he broke up with her

and i wouldn’t want to kill overdramatic girls and space-invading boys
i would just want them not
to be alive
anymore

i would
capture the neon red sign in a bar
and make it my favorite color

there would be no feelings of
“the band has a singer, they don’t need me”

freedom and socialist democracy would be
easier done
than said

there’d be an awful lot of
“but either way, man, i’m glad you came.”

girls wouldn’t sit by the toilet and erase everything they ate that day

and he would come back to visit and say
“in some ways, kansas city is more real than clearwater”

we would get to go make brownies at his house on a tuesday
we would “escape our simple lives” and play

that night, you would have watched the stars instead of the people
you wouldn’t care if they all knew your name

your bottle of kahlua and your “best” friends wouldn’t be the only thing you had
at the end of the day

people would lie on their trampolines and watch the sunset
which was painted blood orange

he would buy me a bag of cherries from apple market and we would walk to the price chopper and change in 3,000 pennies for $28
that would be something i’d make happen again

when you and your boyfriend walk in the rain
and your makeup comes off
he’d say
“you look pretty”

good-byes would be easier
because we would always be able to say hello again

people would be proud of what they
are
instead of desperately trying to fit into ­something they
are not

summer would last forever
and we would always smell like chlorine and green grass and sun and cherry popsicles
and be happy

people would all have the ability to
find the simplistic beauty
in an ugly and complex world

i’d be your sunshine
your only sunshine
i’d make you happy
when skies are gray

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ash57999This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 4, 2013 at 10:06 am:
This piece is simply amazing!  It painted a picture in my mind, line bring a new image.  It's beautiful.
 
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SpyceChik said...
Jan. 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm:
oh wow....i love this! Great work!  
 
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Kayte said...
Oct. 15, 2011 at 10:11 am:
I got chills reading this, and never wanted it to end. This is amazing. Amazing.
 
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Jessie-Mo said...
Jan. 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm:
Wow, this poem is amazing. If only the world could be like that. You have an amazing talent, please continue to write.
 
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ShelbyMarie93 said...
Dec. 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm:
I can only say...wow!
 
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DiceBaby said...
Jul. 1, 2010 at 12:19 am:
wow this poem completely took my breath away. you are a true artist and you have completed the mission of every artist out there.... to truely say something... to make a powerful statement about the world we live in. this poem is deffinetly one of my top favs of all time!!
 
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possiblylindsey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 25, 2010 at 9:05 pm:
oh. my. goodness. this is amazing. i love it. it hurts sometimes, it makes you smile sometimes, and it ends so abruptly, youre just left thinking, "whoa." i love this. so much.
 
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Literalist17 said...
Mar. 12, 2010 at 10:04 am:
I honestly have not heard something that well written and so deep in such a long time. bravo *claps hands*
 
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Thethinker. said...
Mar. 10, 2010 at 6:24 pm:
that was beautifulll.... :D
i loved it!!!
 
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nutmegc1992 said...
Mar. 8, 2010 at 9:59 am:
wow. this was is amazing i love it. and i understand where youre coming from.
 
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missca1229 said...
Mar. 8, 2010 at 9:40 am:
It's deffinately good. I love your work =]
 
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noelleism said...
Mar. 3, 2010 at 9:47 am:
I alomst stoped reading after the first 4 stanzas but I kept reading and I liked it a lot. It dose make me smile and want for summer and my fav line is 'Summer would last forever and we would smell like chlorine and green grass and sun and cherry popsicles and be happy.' You really got out that feeling and made everyone smell and taste summer. lol :)
 
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earthy_kat said...
Feb. 27, 2010 at 9:52 pm:
Hope you don't find me nosy. I swear I'm not snooping. I am not earthykat. I'm earthykat's mother, and accomplished poet of 23 years. I just had to comment after reading this particular poem. I really liked it! It was a bit longwinded in some places, but appropriately so in most cases. I especially loved these lines, "summer would last forever
and we would always smell like chlorine and green grass and sun and cherry popsicles
and be happy."
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LuzA. said...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm:
OMG Great Jobb!!! :O :D
 
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CJade said...
Feb. 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm:
This made me smile and wish for summer. There's an honest and almost simple beauty to this that I really admired. Parts of it seemed to be from your life, and though I didn't understand the references, they only made it more personal and sincere.
 
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simplyalone said...
Feb. 12, 2010 at 6:13 pm:
wow this is was incredible. i think you commented on a piece of mine and asked if i look at yours and give my opinion. well here i am. and may i say you a an incredible poet with incredible poetry. if you get a chance and could look at some of my other work that'd be great. thanks
 
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Saadat said...
Feb. 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm:
This isn't just poetry, it's art. And what a talented artist you are =]
 
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StephanieQueen said...
Jan. 26, 2010 at 8:53 pm:
that was amazing you have great talent keep writing please^^
 
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mellow_melon This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 29, 2009 at 9:57 am:
love it. especially the last stanza, thats the best part. good job your a great writer :)
 
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*MelanieAnne* said...
Nov. 18, 2009 at 7:12 pm:
oh my god. I love this lots and lots. it connects to so many things
 
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