You Said It

Someday Our Youth Will Be Behind Us

Our inaugural edition of reader poetry.

Gabbi Tolentino



I Still Dream of You

Your head on my hip,
with Dutch kisses in the oven.
You start swimming through the branches
of a bare beech tree
ask me to follow
but don’t offer your hand
and we glide through the air
smelling metal and grass.
Then we ride on shopping carts at Vons
and buy all the grapes
zooming down the ice cream aisle—
your big teeth
your laugh
a million times over in the reflection of the refrigerator doors
like a glossy video on loop.
Then we’re sitting on the bed while the radio fuzzes on
and you’re eating all the apples, the fresh juice sticking to our hands
and you jump up and ask me why we haven’t gone to Paris yet I cry and watch the static on the TV fuzz in and out
I confess that I’m scared, so I start to shiver
and you ask why
and I squeak out something disgraceful like
“I can’t afford to lose my pens,”
and you understand and the knot in my stomach is gone
with the wave of your smile.
And then we’re driving.
And the car won’t stop.
I cry some more because when we press the brake it doesn’t work
and every time we hit a car it vanishes into the next
and we’re going so fast that I don’t want to crash
and you say “Hold the grapes!”
I’m sorry but I can’t
and they smash in my arms and stain my shirt berry red
You won’t stop the car, you can’t
till I see your foot on the gas and I yell at you
and all you say is “I’m sorry” as we come careening towards a tunnel
and I can’t see into it so I scream and you scream back

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34 Comments

  • whatever April 19th, 2013 3:12 PM

    what a great collection! i’m going to print out some of these and stick them on my wall ♡♡
    “rather” on page 11 made me laugh

    ♡♡♡♡
    http://teenmoonwitch.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Ree April 19th, 2013 3:23 PM

    Gosh, Rookie readers are the best, this is brilliant in every way :-)

  • dreamygirl April 19th, 2013 4:09 PM

    “There is a 13-year-old girl,
    tall for her age, gangly.”
    This is a perfect description of me. Perhaps the exact definition of my appearance.

  • FlowerandtheVine April 19th, 2013 4:30 PM

    This is really a tremendous collection. It’s amazing how people can feel so many of the same emotions, while going through completely different situations!

    http://flowerandthevine.wordpress.com

  • indigosunday April 19th, 2013 4:49 PM

    Such a great poetry collection

  • KatGirl April 19th, 2013 5:50 PM

    Summer Nights T_T

  • paige.xo April 19th, 2013 6:14 PM

    perf

  • Jasmine April 19th, 2013 6:39 PM

    very lovely to see so much talent c:
    it definitely inspires me

  • Bianca April 19th, 2013 6:52 PM

    Aw Rookie has such talented readers! Their words and hearts on page move me greatly…nice job everyone <3

    PS – I also followed the links left in comments above by readers to their blogs…also very cool.

  • Maddie April 19th, 2013 7:21 PM

    This is such a beautiful collection of poems! I love that Rookie publishes reader work… thank you!

  • Miss Pink April 19th, 2013 8:28 PM

    LOVE this collection!! Such talented poets! <3

    http://mostlikelytowearpink.tumblr.com/

  • TessAnnesley April 19th, 2013 9:26 PM

    looooooooooooord i love all of you

  • rockwrenroll April 19th, 2013 9:36 PM

    I just watched Dead Poets Society, so I’ve been on a bit of a poetry kick lately. These are wonderful.

  • AnaRuiz April 19th, 2013 9:39 PM

    Things like this help me understand what Mary Poppins referred to with “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

    http://anaruizwriting.blogspot.com

  • wishfulwanderer April 20th, 2013 12:54 AM

    These are so great! I am kind of disappointed though that I didn’t submit my poetry… will there be another edition of reader poetry?

  • Tara A. April 20th, 2013 1:00 AM

    Rookie readers are amaaaazing and so talented! This collection is the best!

    http://www.unlockingpandorasbox.blogspot.com

  • Tangerine April 20th, 2013 2:01 AM

    This is so so great

  • Cactus Woman April 20th, 2013 4:35 AM

    I have been waiting for something like this for SO LONG. You’ve no idea. Can’t wait to submit to a future one!

    ~*~**THANK YOU!**~*~

  • diniada13 April 20th, 2013 6:30 AM

    Love these!!! But if I want to submit poetry should it match the monthly theme?

    • Anaheed April 20th, 2013 6:34 AM

      No, it doesn’t have to.

  • Alex S. April 20th, 2013 10:51 PM

    I can almost feel the words behind these poems, is that weird? It might be but these are beautiful, can’t wait to see this revisited in the future.

  • cornly_ April 21st, 2013 9:05 AM

    BEST THING EVER

  • cornly_ April 21st, 2013 9:12 AM

    P.s Childhood Playmates made me kind of tear up, it was just beautiful.

    • chestnutsumo85 April 21st, 2013 3:22 PM

      thank you so much! – Sophie

  • Ella W April 21st, 2013 1:26 PM

    I wish this was a monthly piece on Rookie!

    http://gorillalegs.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Maddy April 21st, 2013 10:26 PM

    IS STEVE HAPPY?! More poetry! :D

  • abby111039 April 22nd, 2013 8:06 PM

    I wish I had read these sooner. What a lovely collection of poems.

  • April 23rd, 2013 1:25 PM

    This was just beautiful.

  • HaverchuckForPresident April 27th, 2013 4:47 PM

    I really love these. The fact that they are from this community with people around my own age thinking and going through similar things as me makes them super-relatable. I especially like Keep Open, Consumable Yourh Rebellion and Divorce is a Dirty Word :) :) :)

  • pubertyblues April 28th, 2013 11:44 PM

    every single one of these made me cry

  • Rini July 29th, 2013 11:13 PM

    So fresh:)