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Duct Tape Love This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

I’m trying so hard,
picking the pieces of me
up off of the floor,
putting them back
into an imperfect, imbalanced,
human teenage girl,
holding her together.

Got nothing to stick her
back together with
but love and memories
and your dumb jokes
that never made me laugh –
like the one about duct tape and the force –
both have a light side and a dark side
and hold the world together.
Now it’s holding her together.

Got nothing to prop her up on
but summer nights and tears
and your stupid clichés
about boy things, like Chuck Norris,
how he holds duct tape together.
Now it’s holding her together.

Got nothing to give her life with
but puddles and laughter
and your annoying wisecracks,
always making fun of me:
how silence is golden
but duct tape is silver,
holding your lips together.
Now it’s holding her together.

My work isn’t perfect.
It’s messy and lopsided;
it’s hormonally imbalanced,
but I’ve got enough of you
and enough duct tape
and it’s holding her together.

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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4nscchk666 said...
Apr. 30 at 10:12 am:
beautifully written
 
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TheEvanescent said...
Aug. 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm:
This is a really beautiful poem.. Heartbreaks happen so often these days, but what matters is how one stands strong with the will of moving on.. i liked the mesage you've tried to convey there.. At least i got something out of it! Very well written.. Keep writing :)
 
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RockMusica426 said...
May 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm:

I love the meaning behind this piece, or at least what I'm getting from it.

Sometimes the world breaks you, but there are people and things that hold you together.

 
babegurl20 replied...
Dec. 4, 2012 at 11:48 am :
you are not lieing there. there are people and things out there that want to help you back up and want to be there when you fall.i went through it. i know how it feels.
 
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Let-Love-In said...
Mar. 11, 2012 at 9:59 am:
you are so talented! this really made me think and it's just beaifully written and thought out, and well put together. and it makes so much sense. i love it, keep it up!
 
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NigomayNamikazeThis 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. said...
Jan. 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm:
Why couldnt this be 1# voted?!
 
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Muzix said...
Jan. 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm:
First i would like to say i love the title of this poem .....This poem was really good keep up the good work!
 
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AmandaElizabeth said...
Dec. 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm:
Amazing Work. ^_^
 
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akbrgurlThis 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. said...
Nov. 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm:
this was reeaalllyy good:)
 
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Push2Death said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm:
but its a great poem
 
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Push2Death said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm:
You know normally people don't thhink i would read this kuz im a filthy punk rock skater
 
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rachelwilson said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 11:46 am:
This is amazing! One of my favorites by far! Keep it up!
 
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RandomRanda said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 8:40 am:
lets just say. imma favorite this! and read more of yours!
 
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HannahMarie17 said...
Sept. 10, 2011 at 11:27 pm:

I know the last two comments have started with wow but that was my first reaction too. wow this is beautiful and creative and heartfelt. please keep writing!

 

 
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heartonmysleeve95 said...
Sept. 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm:
wow, this is a really great poem. really inspiering.
 
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CaptainFabulous This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm:
wow this is a really great poem, i love it!
 
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jaylw said...
Aug. 8, 2011 at 8:52 am:
i loved it, and i love duck tape as an old friend said once duck tape fixes everything, and i wish i had so,e to keep me together too, great job!
 
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tatertot1311 said...
Jun. 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm:
This poem is so creative and beautiful. It truly inspires me! I loved it!
 
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nutsongirl23 said...
Apr. 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm:
Haha this poem is SO Legit!!!! I love it!! 
 
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Xavier T. said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm:
this makes me feel nice and so it's because of writters like you that keep my hopes up.
 
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