13 Ways of Looking at Fingernails This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

November 13, 2014

1. 
Quarter moon was too
long cut off
like us

2. 
There wasn’t enough dirt
underneath
to grow flowers

3. 
“Can you get my seat belt for me?”

4. 
Spring-cleaning
is papers’ edge.
These are the pages I went outside.

5.  
purple,
red, tan, moss
more mature makes mom mad.

6. 
Push back.
Liquid on impact.

7. 
6th grade reading tells
pliers pulling
hands hurting
secrets secreting
billions bleeding
War.

8. 
Claws.

9. 
I once saw a Japanese movie on the airplane
that said if your nails are brittle
it means you’re constipated.

10. 
Pain can come
broken
picked up the remote too quickly.

11. 
Skin
underneath
tears like
teeth.

12. 
Words on arm
to raise like red.

13. 
I bit on the blue
when I saw you
it is lacking oxygen.

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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theblondechick This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 17, 2014 at 11:18 pm
This is very cool, and very impressive. I'm looking at my finger nails as I write this.
 
gabbymancuso This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 18, 2014 at 9:08 am
thank you so much! this means a lot!
 
Niyaroo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 17, 2014 at 10:00 am
Can you explain the meaning for me? I'm kinda confused.
 
gabbymancuso This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 17, 2014 at 10:54 am
sure, this was inspired by the poem 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens, and so basically in each stanza I just took a different approach at things that relate to fingernails, like nailpolish colors, or scratching at things, breaking a nail, etc. 
 
Niyaroo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 18, 2014 at 7:43 am
Ohhh, ok. Well, it got me looking at my fingernails lol
 
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