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sometimes i remember This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

By Holly M., South Plainfield, NJ

sometimes i remember
dr. seuss books that declared
with such certainty
that individuality was
all that mattered

bible verses that explained
why we would be going to hell
if we didn’t pick up the pace

looking through mousetraps
and crossing our fingers
as we prayed:

don’t die, little guy,
don’t die, don’t die.

on an apple-juice stained sofa
i watch smoke leave
a sagging body in a gray sweatshirt directly
through the nose
and i wonder if this is what
dr. seuss meant all those years ago about
nonsense waking up the brain cells.

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It's rare that I'm moved to tears, and I just was. Genius.
Apr. 02, 2015 at 11:25 PM • Report