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So you’re a senior ...
Polite nod. Brace myself
for the questions
again: where are you
applying where do you want
to go what do you want
to be?
Rattle off acceptable responses.
Insert comment here,
witty response there. Nod. Smile. End.
Me summed up in 30 seconds.
Nice talking to you.
Hang on.
Rewind.
Nah, decided college wasn’t for me,
entering the work force - headed for a dead-end job.
Full scholarship to prestigious university,
graduating with honors - performing heart transplants.
Joining the circus,
developing my true talent - fire-swallowing while juggling.
Thumbs-up. Smirk. C’ya.
Nice talking to you.
I saunter away, glad to have survived another
introduction, you walk away
as it should be, not knowing
me.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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