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Inches This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

Eight inches hovered in the space
that separated face from face,
as he asked her to the show,
as her heart refused to slow.

Ten inches formed a taunting wall
when she was starting to feel small.
He asked if she was feeling well.
At that point, she couldn't tell.

Then, three inches fell away.
She gave a nod – said she's okay.
He smiled – said that he was glad,
and she inched closer, just a tad.

She followed him to where they'd sit.
Their distance varied for a bit,
stopping at a solid two,
thus far the smallest inch value.

Throughout the show she strained her eyes,
sensing every tension rise.
Like seas, the inches ebbed and swelled;
like trapped below, her breath was held.

A quarter inch is where he froze.
Her cheeks flushed several shades of rose.
She felt that all in life was grand,
that night he almost held her hand.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the October 2009 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.




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Unquie said...
Aug. 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm:
Love it.... nice ryme shceme. keep writing
 
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Sophia T. said...
Aug. 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm:
Every line of this poem is absolutely  breathtaking. I think the surprise last line made me forget to breathe for a second. It's that good!
 
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fiftiesgal467 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 4, 2010 at 5:20 pm:
Aww! This is so good!
 
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