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the repetition of two times two –
you whispered against the grain of
sodden cardboard water:
as if it unlocked volumes of verse.

if you stayed and waited for the
ink to print on your calloused fingers,
I stop in reluctant, pushing glasses
up the acute angle of my nose.

what kind of teacher (the best –
the most visionary kind) would
lie to her students? Hopeful
illegible writing veers the inside
and paints my eyes shut.

if I penned the archaic,
imperial formula in the margins of
bleak paper, their faces,
scarred and hopeful
(in a row, with tall texts the sentry

at the wall and brink) of knowledge.
it is all a game, i promise.
wilted cigarettes press on the
lines of rhyme – syntax

(she answers
small circles of uncertainty
A
B
C
B
A)

like translucent flowers:
an unrecognizable gift.
so this is where the poets die:
in books and brittle papers.

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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livelovesmile said...
Sept. 17, 2011 at 11:18 am:

This poem is amazing! Don't we all feel like this at times. 

Please comment and rate my new poem "Safe On A Cloud"!! "Girl Next Door", and "Captured By Reflections."

 I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

 
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dylanedwards This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 11, 2010 at 9:28 am:
those last lines are epic.
 
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mooneyes said...
Nov. 22, 2009 at 2:02 pm:
This is the best poem I have ever read in my life. Okay, maybe not in my life, but this is still dang good. I can't even tell you how this makes me think.
 
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Zero_K This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 14, 2009 at 7:14 pm:
Wow, deep and meaningful. I love it.
-Blessed Be!
+++ZERO+++
 
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