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June 8, 2015
By Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
133 articles 7 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once."
John Green


the sun streaked her fingertips across glass clouds and
left behind those familiar prints of amber yet
i was never allowed to leave my fingerprints on the glass table.

i was fascinated with
those swirling markings of identification,
those simple patterns that reminded you that
it was okay to be different.
today Miss Cook told us that we were all unique snowflakes.
of course, in Florida, it never snowed but she said
that the only difference between
snowflakes and raindrops were that
raindrops became puddles instead of
snow angels.
she said, “look. no two fingerprints are
the same.”
so i compared my fingers with those of a
dark-skinned kid who was held back in kindergarten
twice and with
a Muslim boy who, when i met him, taught me that earth’s arms cradled
way more religions besides
Judaism and Christianity.

i think i then decided that
i wanted to leave my imprint on the world.
i got home.
black coffee bubbled in the kitchen
along with
a boiling conversation in the dining room.
i sat down at the table for dinner,
streaked my fingertips across the top,
hoping for
a lasting impression.

i guess the sun was more privileged than i,
because my prints were wiped clean
immediately.


The author's comments:

I like memoir-esque poetry... :)


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mem228 DIAMOND said...
on May. 20 2016 at 6:59 am
mem228 DIAMOND, Attleboro, Massachusetts
79 articles 5 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.

This is absolutely amazing!

JRaye PLATINUM said...
on Jun. 29 2015 at 11:11 pm
JRaye PLATINUM, Dorr, Michigan
43 articles 10 photos 527 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you build your house far enough away from Trouble, then Trouble will never find you."

"Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, 'I just don't care.'?"

Perfection.

Hanban12 ELITE said...
on Jun. 24 2015 at 6:31 pm
Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
133 articles 7 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once."
John Green

That really does mean a lot to me, thank you :) And awesome, you live in Tampa? Some of my family lives near there haha. Never give up on writing ^.^

Izzy777 SILVER said...
on Jun. 24 2015 at 5:56 pm
Izzy777 SILVER, Tampa, Florida
9 articles 0 photos 63 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I always wonder why birds stay in one place when they can fly anywhere around the world. But then I ask myself the same question."

Wow. just wow. this is so beautiful that I little felt my throat tighten like I'd tear up! The moral of this is awesome, and so powerful. Inspirational more then anything. I'm from Florida too! You inspired me to write my next piece(:

Hanban12 ELITE said...
on Jun. 23 2015 at 10:36 pm
Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
133 articles 7 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once."
John Green

I appreciate it :)

on Jun. 22 2015 at 11:50 pm
Sunshine2420 SILVER, Unknown, Other
9 articles 0 photos 173 comments

Favorite Quote:
A smile hides everything.

Its an amazing piece of work. You should be proud of yourself lol! Keep writing :)