By Lakshna, age 17, United Arab Emirates

I sit here alone and
in a world of my own,
waiting for something I have lost -
a presence, someone's words,
someone's gaze, their attention.
I'm wandering in a fog
that has blinded my senses
making me numb to all of the world
except for the presence of the absence
of that which is lost to me.
Not gone forever, no it hasn't, it cannot;
but the return is far away,
the greeting uncertain.
We parted on bitter words;
I got no chance to apologize,
for pride and a sense of unwantedness
took root in my heart.
Now I silently lament, for my impulse,
has cost me dearly -
or so it seems.
What I chose to run away from,
I now seek to go after it again.
I long for the return of the something that
I have lost -
a presence, someone's words,
someone's gaze, their attention.
I need it back, it's like my lifeline,
my guiding light.
Without it I'm lost in a fog
that has blinded my senses,
made me numb to all of the world,
except for the presence of the absence
of that which I have lost.
I need you back, more than you can imagine,
even though I hide it from you and the world

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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