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The Shelter This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   I've been to a place

where "middle class"

is said in longing

Where my left-over garbage

is somebody's life line.

A toothless woman

smiles,

and eats her instant pudding.

A single

silent

tear falls off my nose.



A lonely man eats an egg salad sandwich

and looks around

embarrassed.

I hear him thinking,

"Why me, why am I here?"

I feel his desperation

as he angrily pushes the remaining food away.



I look at myself and cringe,

my jeans are far too new,

my shirt far too clean,

my life far too perfect.

I gaze at the man who shouldn't be there,

and thank God it's not me.

And, at the same time,

I wish

with all my heart

and soul

that we could change places.




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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