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   Inspired by The House on MangoStreet
   Ben - boring, drooling, average, like a cabbage. Over theyears I have turned into Ben on the outside but I am much different - like afterpeeling off a kiwi's fuzzy skin to the sweet flesh - inside. If you look past thename, the treasure can be found inside, like cutting open a gemstone. In public Iam Ben.

People want to see only themselves, only a mirror image oftheir dull selves.

You can't tell the difference between frogs in a bog,but they are different. When I am alone or with my friends, I find my buriedtreasure. My imagination runs wild in the valleys of my mind. I can change myname. I am a different person. I can lie about who I really am. Of all the namesI could have had, why did I get such a bad one? When I am in public the frogs ofthe bog say, "Hi, what's your name?"

"Ben," I say.

"Yeah, you look like a Ben."

But they have no idea whatthey're talking about.




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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