Porch Light This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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The doorbell rings
At least once a week.
I dash down the slippery stairs
To yank open the great green door
Rustling the tree with the plastic leaves.

There is a small army
Of smiling faces
Expectant faces
Basking in the twilight
Of anticipation.

We sit
Perched under the porch light,
Feel the cool concrete underneath our fingertips.
The cobwebs in the corners
Eavesdrop on our conversations.

Secrets soar from whispered mouths
Like the mosquitoes
That nip at our skin.
We sway back and forth,
Rubbing leaves in between our fingertips

The sun slips down
And the birds stop to chirp.
We signal hushed good-byes
And tiptoe
Past the porch light.

Days slip away.
The air turns cold.
And the doorbell doesn’t ring
As often as it used to
In the summertime.

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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spency said...
May 27, 2011 at 10:40 am
good job....am loving it...itz a nice poem...loving it....keep up the good work............
 
dontforget This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 29, 2011 at 8:14 am
The imagery is so great! I just loveee this! :)
 
iamAbel said...
Feb. 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm
I really like this poem. Good job! :)
 
remembermeplz said...
Feb. 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm
awhmahzing!
 
DiamondsIntheGrass This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm
amazing poem.  but i dont understand who the visitors are.
 
Taylormade56 replied...
Nov. 18, 2010 at 9:07 am
The visitors are based on some of my  friends, a few guys that always visited me at odd times during the summer.
 
DavidI said...
Jul. 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm
I Loved it! The figurative language you used was very vivid I could imagine every single detail. Well done. The picture thew me off a little I didn't really like it. =)
 
NerdINLove. said...
May 25, 2010 at 9:55 pm
awesome!    
 
lindiloo said...
May 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm
Nice imagery.  I can picture a peaceful summer evening spent with friends quietly talking and hanging out on the porch.
 
MRS.ROCHE said...
Nov. 30, 2009 at 11:55 am
this was very good. if u have time check out my poems
 
Zero_K This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 15, 2009 at 5:59 pm
This poem really takes me back. I love it.
-Blessed Be!
+++ZERO+++
 
taylormade56 said...
Nov. 9, 2009 at 8:30 am
Thanks for the feedback everyone!
 
ariwrites94 said...
Nov. 8, 2009 at 9:06 pm
Wonderful job!!!! you are a talented writer and keep up the good work! if u have time please check out my poem called "Sensitive Am I" and rate and leave a comment. Thanks and keep writing!
 
jen9193 said...
Aug. 17, 2009 at 7:40 pm
Nicely written. I like the way you wrote, the images you get are amazing
 
Xinwen This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 10, 2009 at 8:56 pm
Very well done. There's some ambiguity in there, but that's why I love it.
 
tamorrah J. said...
Jun. 10, 2009 at 4:35 pm
wow that was/is abeautiful poem
 
bubblez01234 said...
Jun. 5, 2009 at 8:54 pm
Speachless.
 
Brandi K. said...
Jun. 4, 2009 at 3:07 pm
good. speachless. details.
 
Megan W. said...
May 23, 2009 at 1:30 am
A beautiful piece! This piece reminds me of summer nights with friends it gets dark and then *The Porch Light* comes on this author has detail and pleaz read my poems to you won't be disapointed!!??
 
madiehoffman said...
May 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm
this ok it is not as good as the others though it would be better
 
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