Duke's View This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   Seeing what I have never seen before
I looked a little harder, wrinkling up myeyes
I saw a smile caused by new life.
Crimson lips and sky-blueeyes,
Five little peach fingers on each velvet soft hand.
New life in thearms of a mother.

I looked a little harder, and saw this angel they callMadison.
My tail did not wag
And I did not kiss this little child.
To meI could not see what all these smiles were for.
They had me -
One bigbrown beast -
I have soft pink lips,
And huge brown eyes.
Five claws oneach huge velvet furred paw.
A long finely combed tail.

Oh wait-
Her hand is laid upon my head ...
I see the little angel smile,
Ithink of all the things that I can teach her.
I wag my tail and extend a paw...
This kid may not be all that bad.


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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