"I Asked My Father His" This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   I asked my father his
Intentions.
He grew angry when I said the
Word.
I think he was upset because
I had thought of it first.
He always wanted to be original.
Mother began to cross-stitch
Furiously
As my father grew increasingly
Furious.
When I was eleven the marriage ended.
Blair and I returned to playing pioneer
Underneath an elm tree.
It was never to be the same game on High Street.
Mother worked at the Custom House.
The pillows lay in a box uncompleted
In the attic.
Father was weekends.
I think Blair thinks
We come from a broken home.
I think we're the perfect
Nuclear family.

by H. C., Newburyport, MA



A Game That I Play

by K. H.,Suffield, CT

Heat beats upon my outstretched leg, and a bug naps undisturbed on my toe. I glance at the sky and through slanted eyes, I view a psychopathic cloud devour another.

A police bird comes to the rescue and pokes his beak through that insane puff of white and I applauded at the rescue. But I am cut short by the stares of the others who wonder why I laugh.

I stick out my tongue and roll onto my side in time to see a bug try to scurry away. So I pretend that my long fingers are the legs of a giant and walk them right up to that bug's behind. "Fee, fi, fo, fum," I whisper as his teeny little world earthquakes all around. But then super fluffy bee puts a damper on my game as he lands in the giant's tracks and that giant scurries quickly into my pocket. Then I laugh and I'm cut short by the stares of the others who wonder, "at what?"

A raindrop falls upon my nose and I look up to see a dark cloud. That's when I wonder if I too am part of someone's game - a game that they play to amuse themselves in a creative way. Is the dark cloud a shadow of some little boy who holds a watering can above our teeny world? And I wonder, when he laughs, is he too cut short by the stares that wonder why?


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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