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Song of Myself This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.


I hope to leave my mark on this world
afootprint distinctly mine
but to understand me one has tosee the whole path;
a changing pattern of small feet
tomore matured
from a life of carefree simplicity
to oneof careful thoughtfulness

A young child, I ran freelywith laughter trailing behind
the footprints werepetite
I get older and learn about the imperfections oflife:
         the cancer and the dying
the footprints get bigger
Olderagain, I take on the responsibilites and consequences
ofhonesty, hard work andlosing
            travel carrying extra luggage
the footprints sinkdeeper
When I pause to turn around and examine this path Ihave made
I can spot all of the stages of my life:
naivechildhood
        learning the hard way what it means tolose
                    andteenageyears
                            of stress anddistress
                                        theloss of good friends
I continue on for the long journeythat waits for me,
the life I have yet to live
and yetI still haven't figured it all out
I know that each daypassed
and each day to come
makes a new and differentfootprint on the earth
but still one
distinctlymine




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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