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Friday, November 2, 2012

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A Poem for Justin Timberlake

At Family Dollar I saw a magazine
Justin Timberlake married
Jessica Biel, in Italy.
She wore pink, not even
Katie Holmes did that.
I walked away from the magazine
like
“Why her?”
I don’t know him
or her
and it’s been years
since we kissed
in my head
but still.
Her face
was calm. She looked
nice. “They look happy”,
I think and, “Well, that’s that”
and it’s funny
because
I’m letting go
and it’s Funny
The idea that you ever have
something
to let go of
other than the idea.
If a person in a magazine can
cloud up your Wednesday
imagine what a real-life person
will do.
He was really terrible in that
movie with Clint Eastwood.
And Mila Kunis.
I felt uneasy about
the sex scenes
like who does that
in bed
really?
Oh well
I still love you
is what I think, leaving
Family Dollar, empty-handed,
The parts of you I created
I will love always

Karina Briski lives in Brooklyn and writes for Brokelyn.

50 Comments / Post A Comment

Katie Heaney

OH my goodness, I love this so so so much. THE most affecting thing written on a US Weekly magazine cover, for sure.

Slavon Smartmil@twitter

@Katie Heaney Look who's trolling the boards, checking for grammar mistakes with their Justin Timberlake greatest hits album on repeat. It's a favorite pastime of most douche bags who have nothing intelligent to add to the conversation.

sarah girl

The parts of you I created
I will love always

Ooh, that's lovely.

olivebee

First, "If a person in a magazine can cloud up your Wednesday, imagine what a real-life person will do."

Truer words have never been spoken.

Second, I saw the poofy pink wedding dress on that cover, and beyond the fact that it's something I would never wear, my first thought was that it looked like something Jessica Biel would never wear. Apparently, I was wrong.

Jane Marie

@olivebee rumor has it JT picked it out...

olivebee

@Jane Marie I sincerely hope that rumor is false. I guess it depends on what "picked it out" means, but the more extreme version is that he chose it for her, which...UGH. Let the lady choose her own damn dress. If he just offered his opinion on a handful that she was choosing among anyway, then I guess he just likes bubblegum colored dresses?

Jane Marie

@olivebee the rumor is that he chose it for her, yep. :)

Katie Heaney

@Jane Marie YUCK

Disco Sheets

@olivebee I wonder if that was why she wore SO MUCH WHITE before the wedding??

wee_ramekin

This is an oddly touching poem. Well done, you.

I fear I will feel this way when Benedict Cumberbatch marries, though even in *fantasy* we don't match up (he decidedly wants kids and I sort of decidedly don't)*. Oh ugh, speaking of which: Benedict Cumberbatch Has Finally Gone Too Far.

*I think I just wish that I could be John and he could be Sherlock and we could be in Sexual Tension-y Gay Love for all of time.

frigwiggin

@wee_ramekin

AHHHHHH

I'm not even particularly fond of babies, but got-damn!

Lush Life

@wee_ramekin I won't have the babies, but I would quit my job and burn my clothes to help that man practice making them.

cosmia

@wee_ramekin I can never decide if I think that Benedict Cumberbatch is handsome or not. I spend at least 60% of every episode of Sherlock trying to decide this. I think this picture has pushed it firmly into the "UM OKAY I'M SOLD" category.

Related: photos of men that are slowly convincing me to want their babies.

redheadedtwit

@wee_ramekin WHY! Why is he playing with my heart/vagina? I will have all of his babies and he can still have his gay Sexual Tension.

Danzig!

@wee_ramekin In that picture he looks like Michael C. Hall would if you left him out in the sun to melt for a little while

Valley Girl

@wee_ramekin OMG I'm 50/50 on Cumberbatch but the picture of Idris Elba via that link! "All the women died today when their hearts exploded out through their vaginas upon seeing this photo of a smiling Idris Elba holding a very adorable dog in a room with tasteful and eclectic wallpaper...R.I.P. to all the women and a lot of the men, too. They are survived by Idris Elba and the adorable dog."

JessicaLovejoy

Your Family Dollar has a magazine rack? Boooo. I am jealous.

Danzig!

@JessicaLovejoy that was my first reaction too

iknowright

I remember my sense of betrayal being a lot higher when my two favorite Backstreet Boys married, but for JT I....(as someone who knows nothing but tabloid gossip and SNL performances and him dating Cameron Diaz, and terrible acting and vacant interviews from her)....worry?

In the least mean way possible, and said with full acknowledgement of what-do-I-really-know-ness, I just don't think it's gonna work out.

beanie

@iknowright I think sincerely from time to time that Nick Carter and I aren't going to get married, and that I should not really mourn this since I am happily engaged. And have never met him.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

This is how I felt, but backwards, because Jessica Biel in "Seventh Heaven" was a very formative part of my gayling experience.

youresmalltime

I find this unsnarkily fantastic. And while I don't get it with Justin per se, I so get it.

Slutface

Karina? We know this is you Britney.

thenewcomer

Is this a poem? Yay! I'm a poet!

http://thenewcomer.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/an-ode-to-clara/

Reginal T. Squirge

Ugh. That fucking People Magazine cover. This is what you get when you ask for a man that loves to dance. You get some goon jumping up and down in your wedding photo while you're just trying to look nice.

teaandcakeordeath

and it’s been years
since we kissed
in my head

I think some of my best romances happened this way. And I loved this!

Shara

Good God, this made me cry.

Valley Girl

Singing my life with your words...

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