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A Question About You

March 1, 2015
By MarieEsther PLATINUM, Miami, Florida
MarieEsther PLATINUM, Miami, Florida
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and should it matter that you didn't scream?
should it matter that your blood filled the water perfectly?
should it matter, when you left such sad words behind--The Collected Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Hamlet, battered half-full notebooks, your Algebra workbook--
that you did not gasp for air?
that your father did not cry?
that he found you still caught between life and death,
and instead of pulling you out of your own diluted insides,
instead of reaching into those dark red waters and feeling around for some still-breathing piece of you to salvage,
stepped calmly downstairs
sat at the kitchen counter
drank coffee

No. You are not the reflection of thick men's hands that were too afraid to become bloody.
You are not the knot around your throat choking out the screams of your mental illness for seven years.
You are not a witch.
You are not this poem.
I see now, your blue tanktop on a rainy summer day, your strong deep laugh, your tight shorts, your smiles, the birthmark under your left eye, your theatrical, broken poetry
into water

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CianaB GOLD said...
on Mar. 5 2017 at 11:29 pm
CianaB GOLD, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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Oh my word this is amazing! Although it leaves me with many questions, it's still holds a lot of meaning. Would you mind looking at some of my work? I hope that one day I can write this good.

on Mar. 10 2015 at 7:39 pm
MarieEsther PLATINUM, Miami, Florida
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I wrote and posted this poem on here, not sure why Teen Ink posted it anonymously. But yeah, thank you to everyone who ranked it and took the time to read it :) I greatly appreciate it

on Mar. 10 2015 at 4:52 pm
Allisonliu GOLD, Princeton, New Jersey
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This is so powerful!