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Epitaphs and Clichés MAG

By Celia Lechtman, Ashburn, VA

I am a writer of epitaphs and clichés love songs,
My fingers are covered with ink and my body with bruises.
Look past my first impression and I can be your sundress bride and you my pinstriped lover.

My voice may not be beautiful, but it’s all that I have,
And the butterflies don’t flock to my outstretched fingers.
Look past my crooked smile,
And we can be a vision in tie-dye and high-top sneakers.

I know I’m imperfect, and not even in the way that you like,
My shoes don’t click right and my eyes rarely close.
Look past my blood-rimmed fingernails,
And we can sit on the street corner and play the guitar.

I am an omen of awkward moments and broken pencils,
The grass I walk through never grows as quickly.
Look past my out-of-place laughter,
And we can be the reason the other opens his windows.

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This article has 58 comments.

Bichara BRONZE said...
on Feb. 23 2009 at 12:11 am
Bichara BRONZE, Monterrey, Other
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this is deep dude, really deep! keep up the good work!

akinaxx said...
on Jan. 26 2009 at 6:10 pm
Is it wrong to say that I found it uplifting? It was cute in every sense of the word, but I can definitely relate to the feeling.

almost_there said...
on Jan. 4 2009 at 12:50 am
Wow! I love this. I am slightly green with envy at the moment because I wish I had written this. This is amazing. I can relate on so many levels. Sadness laced with hope- I love it!!!

Paige C. said...
on Dec. 7 2008 at 6:50 pm
That was really beautiful. It was true in every sense of the word.

on Nov. 25 2008 at 11:54 pm
i really love this,it makes my heart melt =]. in fact i feel like this myself most days. major kudos tho!

on Nov. 21 2008 at 2:59 am
awesome poem =)

on Oct. 23 2008 at 8:45 pm
The other day I was looking for something like this and just reading it diffently speaks to my soul.

crlmtg3 said...
on Oct. 8 2008 at 2:54 am
Hi Celia, I really love this poem, i feel like it speaks the words that i cant say and its amazing on so many levels. Keep up the good work!

blacbleedink said...
on Sep. 24 2008 at 2:56 am
i printed this and hung it in my locker. i totaly understand and can totaly relate. bravo

on Sep. 23 2008 at 8:08 am
Awesome poem! I really like it! =)

Tweedle Dee said...
on Sep. 3 2008 at 8:07 pm
wow, awesome!!! you're writting is truly incredible!!!

on Sep. 2 2008 at 4:37 pm
This is brilliant. Why is it about not being a good writer? You should write a rant about being the next great American poet.

on Aug. 26 2008 at 11:38 pm
That is the BEST poem ive read ever! you can really feel your emotion. I gave it five stars! keep writing, i want to hear more!

on Aug. 25 2008 at 3:56 am
This was spectacular. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of reading it.

piglover said...
on Aug. 21 2008 at 7:19 pm
This is absolutely AMAZING!


I wish I could write poetry like you.


on Aug. 14 2008 at 10:59 pm
Wow. Kudos to you Celia. I enjoyed this poem a lot. =)

ebonyskye said...
on Aug. 14 2008 at 1:53 pm
this is the nicest poem i've read on this site. i like how you keep the poem so intact and not choppy. good job :]

on Aug. 9 2008 at 10:20 pm
Hey! This was a wonderfully written poem. You use description and imagery very well and demonstrated excellent word choice. It's a very nice emotion, too, which you keep throughout the poem. Keep it up! :-)