It's Possible This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

January 16, 2010
Custom User Avatar
More by this author
Picture this …
A wadded-up bit of paper lying at your feet as you sit and stare, awaiting your 4 o'clock bus. A piece of rubbish. Trash. Useless. Worthless. Meaningless. Garbage. Nothing.
But what if it were …
A cry for help? Maybe someone was kidnapped from here not long ago and left this plea for help.
Or maybe it's a suicide note.
It could be plans for some fancy new time machine. Or flying cars.
Maybe it has some stranger's kind words: “I care.”
Or maybe it's a shopping list someone dropped.
Maybe it has a hundred dollar bill wadded up inside.
That or maybe counterfeit dollars.
Maybe someone admiring you from across the way left it for you.
But I can't imagine why. You're scum who judges helpless little wads of paper.
It's possible that this is someone's lease for a brand new tropical home, must have slipped.
Maybe it's an autograph from Heath Ledger.
Or a fragment of historical evidence.
Could be a threat someone took no notice of and left lying
demented there.
There on the cold cement right by your left toes.
Maybe it could change your life.
Who are you to judge?

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

Join the Discussion

This article has 1 comment. Post your own now!

whitefox said...
Mar. 14, 2011 at 12:04 am

Interesting! I like the couple of twists you threw in there; those added some energy to the piece (But what if it were..." and "You're just scum...").

I would suggest you try writing it a bit more actively. So instead of saying "picture this all happening," you could just say "this is happening, this could have changed your life, really." Readers generally take it for granted that something is happening, and there isn't much need to spell it out.

Of course, that would make it mo... (more »)

Site Feedback