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November 12, 2008
By Kelly M., Mineola, NY, Mineola, NY

Anger bubbles up beneath my skin;
I grin,
then push my lips out
in frustration
when he turns
away.

My nose prickles hard on the inside
and I swallow hard,
willing the tears not to come,
but they do not heed.
The briny water wells up
on the cusp of my lashline,
threatening to fall
to give me away.
I feel the first drop slip over the edge and glide softly
down my cheek onto my lower lip,
which trembles.
Its saltiness coats the single word
on my tongue
that fidgets,
waiting to launch itself into the open air
in vain
like so many times before.
Listen.



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on Mar. 19 2010 at 5:50 pm
deardiary BRONZE, Saskatoon, Other
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Favorite Quote:
It is a truth universally acknowedged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. -Pride and Prejudice

Your word choice really gets ur attention. I love the last 7 lines!

on Mar. 19 2010 at 3:39 pm
munkyman95 GOLD, Medway, Other
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Favorite Quote:
I will become, what I know I am' Michael Jordan

WOW! this is amazing.. and its not like I'm always this dramatic, this is just epicly good, I really liked the word choice, it was perfect and poignant, the idea too, was briliant

on Mar. 19 2010 at 9:59 am
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on Feb. 25 2010 at 4:24 pm
i<3steven!, Newcastle, California
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Favorite Quote:
*john-son-johnson*
Inside Joke

wow, that is pretty scary. i hope you fell better

on Feb. 3 2010 at 10:14 pm
ElleRose SILVER, -, Other
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this is so honest, it's easy to connect with what you're saying. really fluid as well :)

on Feb. 3 2010 at 6:12 pm
nicole11 BRONZE, Onsted, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
Every 60 seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you can never get back

i love it, it has a lot of power to it and i can feel all of your emotion, i like it.

on Feb. 3 2010 at 12:15 pm
muddygirl117389 SILVER, Smithvillq, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
All you need is love By: The Beatles

I liked it I thought It was a good poem Kinda sad but with mine I have no room to talk,,

on Jan. 28 2010 at 8:36 am
ThunderLovestheRain SILVER, Brookhaven, Mississippi
9 articles 0 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't fret when it rains on your parade...just learn to dance in it."

"Be yourself...everyone else is already taken."

"Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes."

Oh my god this was great!

I could taste the tear in my mouth!

Amazing choice of wording.....

All i can say is wow!

LilBenj SILVER said...
on Jan. 12 2010 at 12:29 am
LilBenj SILVER, Richfield, Utah
6 articles 4 photos 20 comments

Favorite Quote:
There is a certain providence in the fall of a sparrow. - Hamlet

This poem is a MASTERPIECE. YOU are incredibly talented. You wove so many tangible words - I felt them grab my hand and shake me awake. This is Splendid. Well Done, Kelly.

on Dec. 21 2009 at 3:41 pm
despurlock DIAMOND, Morgantown, West Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"The heart has its reasons which reason does not know." -Pascal, Pensees, 1670

The imagry here was amazing, I love this poem! It is great! One of my favorites! You convey your emotion so well, it is absolutely flawless, just wow! Just wow! Keep it up!!! And this poem was def. worthy of bein published!

krzykrys GOLD said...
on Dec. 21 2009 at 3:37 pm
krzykrys GOLD, Baldwinsville, New York
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Favorite Quote:
i have many favorite quotes

it was so good and i get what ur saying. its like one of those moments where everyone is saying ur wrong this happened and u just want to say shush up and listen people to what ive got to say

on Dec. 21 2009 at 3:13 pm
Abby Britton BRONZE, Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Awwwww thats what every teen deals with.

on Dec. 21 2009 at 2:55 pm
sasssgirrrl22 PLATINUM, Pearl River, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Giving up is not a part of my vocabulary."
"Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."
"Truth be told I miss ya, truth be told I'm lying."

one word: Wow. this is so descriptive, you can put yourself in the narrator's spot. very vivid. awesome job

on Dec. 11 2009 at 10:50 pm
Lucrecia SILVER, Phoenix, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
"No act of love is ever wasted". Geneen Roth

"Love not what you are, but what you may become". Miguel de Cervantes

i love how you described the feeling good job

LIKEwhoaa GOLD said...
on Dec. 5 2009 at 11:34 am
LIKEwhoaa GOLD, Carrollton, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
-Charles DuBois

i love how you wrote this, its not written with a bzillion long words but it gets so much meaning through, GREAT job :)

<3 come check out some of my stuff

on Nov. 29 2009 at 5:15 pm
ResistMe PLATINUM, New Tazewell, Tennessee
44 articles 0 photos 25 comments
Oh,my.

Cleverly imposed.

I love this.

So..simple,yet complex in so many ways.

I understand.

They just don't listen.

Very nice.

:)

Grace09 BRONZE said...
on Nov. 29 2009 at 4:16 pm
Grace09 BRONZE, Colorado City, Colorado
3 articles 2 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You have a heart of gold, but so does a hard boiled egg." By: I can't remember.

You're really good. And I know what you mean. Why can't they just listen?

on Nov. 29 2009 at 5:18 am
Only,I PLATINUM, Taylorville, Illinois
45 articles 17 photos 123 comments

Favorite Quote:
This too shall pass.

I can connect with this on such a deep level. Great job, just amazing.

SaloWest said...
on Nov. 25 2009 at 9:05 pm
I get what your saying about the prickly nose...I hate that I get so annoyed.

on Nov. 7 2009 at 8:38 pm
PureDropOfRain BRONZE, Phoenix, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
"The distance may pull Us apart, but it only makes Our Hearts closer..."

Beautifully done. Great word choice that caused me to completely visualize wht you're saying. It's a glimpse in time that so many of us go through.