A Dance Among the Clouds This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.


   You keep me tightly wound around your wrist
Likethe string to a child's new balloon
So determined not to allow me to soar tothe clouds
I wriggle and writhe against my restraints
Pulling, stretching,straining
Toward the freedom of the sky
You hold tighter still
I am yourmost prized possession
If I escape these confines
Who will you have toparade around the streets
If I break this string
The brightly coloreddisplay that serves as your security
Will float away, relishing the taste ofindependence
You become panic-stricken
Yanking, grabbing, holding
Tokeep me a prisoner of this earth and yourself
So I wait, plotting myescape
Until one day
When you've let the string go slack
And I unwindmyself quickly from your hand
Without your notice, I slip away
By the timeyou look back
I will be dancing among the clouds





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

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the September 2001 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.






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