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ChapStick This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By thisisascreenname, Sugarloaf, CA

Her stupid lip-glossed lips
on his stupid dumbstruck face
and I give them a few months
but it's still irritating
I mean, do you REALLY
have to suck face
in the middle of the frickin' hallway?
I just want to get to my locker
as a sigh passes through my chapped lips
and a giggle through hers
and I smear on the cheap ChapStick
88 cents at Easy's
where it smells like smoke and the potheads go
while the radio plays
and the man in the stainy white tank
rings up your purchase “sweetie”
and the radio always plays
ninetee-three-three Kae-Bee-H-UR
this tiny ChapStick
stings my unloved lips
all tenderness dying on top of them
sighing out only cynicism
I mean, isn't love great?
for stupid, shallow people
and stupid lip-glossed lips
when I could love you so much more.

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6 comment(s)
Hi - I remember reading this a while ago, and congratz on the publication! You earned it! :)
Jan. 17, 2014 at 6:38 PM • Report
WOW! this was so emotional. It was raw anger and sadness but it was still very put together. I love this.
Jul. 21, 2013 at 9:29 AM • Report
Great. This was truly wonderful--in a bitter, lonely sort of way. I could really relate to this, as I know so many others will, too. The imagery was perfect and her bitterness and disdain really showed through in the words.I especially loved when you described the Easy's and the "rings up your purchase 'sweetie'" I also loved "stings my unloved lips" and her sarcasm of "Isn't love great?"It was short, deep, and centered around something simple. I think that's what I like the most. You centered such a deep poem around something so simple: chapstick. Who would've thought it could inspire such a beautiful poem? 5/5 stars and going on my favorites list. I'd love it if you could check out some of my stuff! Keep writing! :)
Jul. 21, 2013 at 12:39 AM • Report
Yup - this is going in my Favorites :) This is such a good poem, so relatable, so bitterly beautiful. Do not stop writting! You have some creative talent right here
Jul. 20, 2013 at 8:16 PM • Report
I truly connected with this. This is one of my favorite poems I've seen on TeenInk. 
Jul. 20, 2013 at 2:03 PM • Report
Love it! The bitter imagery is impeccable. 
Jul. 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM • Report