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

November 19, 2014
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When I grew up
and washed the grass stains from my knees
I saw the world had changed, had divided
in two.
there were boys
and there were girls.
and there was no in-between,
nothing for the mess of human limbs
that were pieces of each,
so I told myself I was a girl
made of flesh and blood and dollar-store
lip gloss,
and I gave myself away to boys with half-crooked smiles and
paint-streaked hair
and said this is love
and then, in the summer of Steinbeck
and Salinger, I met ish.
and ish was beautiful.
she had hands that could create the cosmos
and a mouth that was at once a cigarette burn and a sign for nothing
but I loved her eyes most of all.
because when I looked into her eyes
I saw the sinless skies that reminded me
of a childhood spent staring at clouds
the dead, neon-soaked jellyfish that I saw
on the beach every morning walking
home from school
and the water that I had loved, even as
it filled my lungs.
and surrounded by a holy mess of indigo
ultramarine
cyan
and cobalt,
I no longer felt at a loss as to why I felt blue.

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 February 2015 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.






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ItsTimeToBeginThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 27, 2016 at 12:36 pm
I cried reading this. I don't know, it's just so original and perfect.
 
vamika_s This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 3, 2015 at 3:18 pm
God, this is gorgeous.
 
Brian110 said...
Jun. 12, 2015 at 12:15 pm
that was deep. And amazingly written too. I enjoyed this piece very much.
 
Maya C. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 19, 2015 at 4:01 am
Thank you!
 
author122130 said...
Jan. 16, 2015 at 1:33 pm
Great poem. I truly love it
 
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