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Translation

Monday came.
I sat in Spanish class
after finding something else
to add to my collection:
a note written
entirely in Spanish.
I was pretty sure it wasn’t schoolwork
(the words were too advanced),
so during class, when I should have been paying attention,
I tried to translate it.
I got so involved in what I was doing,
I was mumbling to myself,
thinking no one could hear me
until the senior who sat in front of me
turned around so fast he scared me and said,
“Will you shut the fuck up?”
His irritation stunned me into silence.
So I took my translation elsewhere.

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The Meaning

But the bigger part of me
called me to keep everything.
I laid the different things I’d collected
all over the floor of my room
and pondered them.
They were like a puzzle
but without jigsaw edges.
Nothing seemed to fit together,
but I know it all does—it all will someday.
From the crumpled absentee sheets
to the front page torn from a library book
that screams a giant spoiler:
ALLEN AND TARA HAVE SEX AT THE END!!!
It all means something.
Everything here has meaning—or it did have meaning
for a little while.
I’ll find the meaning.

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Love Note

When Liz left,
I took out all the things I’d collected—
the mementos of my school.
I still have the paper with
I DO NOT HATE CARRIE LAWSON
scribbled all over it.
I have a love note I found in the hall.
Hey baby whats up or
D
O
W
N
Not much here just chillin and feeling
really bad… I treated you like shyt
on Friday…

I think he got it and threw it away
because it was crumpled up,
scrawled in red pen,
so I could barely read it.
Maybe I should throw
this stuff away.

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