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Someday Our Youth Will Be Behind Us

Our inaugural edition of reader poetry.

Eva Johnson



resorts & other places with no names

 our house:
every day a thursday
fish cut in slants and covered in thyme
potatoes heaped high with nutmeg
our blue threads form constellations

 mother:
lipstick blotted over her lips in no particular order
smudges of rose-colored pigment against dark drops of wine
her hair is wet and smells like the shower
inexpensive drugstore shampoo and the iron of rainwater which gathers in the drain

 father:
stacks bones from fish against the side of his plate
an invitation for mother to serve him
the after-dinner nuts
pistachios in an austere silver dish

 our house:
used to be owned by a wealthy lady
who dressed up every day
and never went out
the wallpaper was ’70s style
baroque flowers
behind too much orange plywood furniture.
father took down wallpaper—
said it made him claustrophobic
too much heaviness, loneliness in those walls
      “not for my home”
gave furniture to Goodwill
where a nineteen year old mother with
a newborn son
who lived twenty short blocks from us
bought the whole set for six dollars
was able to furnish her one room apartment before Christmas

 here:
there are railroad tracks
and I like to go walking on them
see the things people left behind—
red glove spanish coin raincoat
a card with a saint on it
wonder who they belong to
raincoat has a hole in it
      milkweed growing through the jagged edges
      in summer cicadas will nibble at the mildew
      that spills across it like green watercolor
once I found a fishing rod with line still on it
who would fish down here
there is only the Hudson
and you couldn’t cook that fish to eat.

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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:)