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That Was I This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

That was I
on Saturday night,
feet scraping noisily up and down the graffiti basketball court
beating invisible enemies down to the very concrete.
Alone.
I heard you giggle a bit
at my fashionably worn tennis shoes
a holey T-shirt and three-dollar shorts.
You portray thoughts so openly:
“Poor thing.
Is she playing to escape?”
Truthfully, I escape to play.

That was I
in the beat-up '89 Ford,
content to waste ten dollars on gas
and sixty miles in tow
only to be seen licking greasy fingers
from cheeseburgers and pen ink
in the coldest McDonald's on Earth,
despite what they say.
“Shopping” in Walmart with three cents and a smile;
it's late,
and the customers begin to say,
“Silly child, stop riding that tricycle built for a four-year-old
around the store” and we are kicked out
… time number four.

That was I
laboring over homework,
drawing doodles
in the shade
of my secret place
where I checked once, twice,
to make sure no one adventured
into the woods behind me,
for the old deer trail was my own.

However, when the birch trees
were strained with great ice sheets
and branches began to fall,
you consequently stumbled onto my path
and eyed me up
when I wanted to shuffle past.
You asked if I was hunting
to which I replied,
“I go to write and dream.”
Of course you snorted disbelievingly.

That was I
the simple child,
out of place except within myself
who spent long hours dreaming of
the future,
but who will never forget to return home.

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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MereChar This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm:
Thank you so much! That means so much to me.
 
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SophaDee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 21, 2010 at 7:54 pm:
This is lovely! I found it in the May magazine and I loved it--it paints a vivid picture of your life, and I found it very inspiring. Great job! :)
 
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pollorambo said...
Jun. 9, 2010 at 12:57 pm:
nise i like
 
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ToniAntatenique said...
May 5, 2010 at 11:05 pm:

This is a wonderful piece

It is truly amazing!

Keep up the great work...

 
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MereChar This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm:
Thank you to everyone. :) Your comments honor me with your kindness.
 
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Duckie430This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm:
this is absolutely amazing. this poem seems so reall and unique, & i love the way it flows. keep writing. :)
 
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FlyleafFreak said...
May 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm:
Wow, this is beautfiful. The eloquence and uniqueness of this poem austounds me and really inspires me. Tremendous job! Never stop writing!
 
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LuckyThree said...
May 3, 2010 at 8:14 am:
Nice! I love it! Keep up the good work.
 
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Eilatan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 3, 2010 at 5:53 am:

this was so amazing! i loved the descriptions. please consider reading some of my work, i'd be honored...

 

good job!

 
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~*)Wish(*~ said...
May 2, 2010 at 8:34 pm:
this left me absolutely speechless. amazing. :)
 
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MereChar This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 2, 2010 at 8:06 pm:
Thank you so much to all of you :)
 
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goclimbarock said...
May 2, 2010 at 7:17 pm:
the simple power of words. awesome job.
 
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maybesomeday101 said...
May 2, 2010 at 3:17 pm:
i am jealous of your ability to move your words so easily. nice job
 
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jonas_chic899 said...
May 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm:
that was interesting. goood job:D
 
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Rulesofmyown said...
May 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm:
this is nice, keep on writing...
 
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Tears2Roses said...
Apr. 30, 2010 at 10:11 pm:
wow that was awsome!!!! loved it!
 
MereChar This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm :
Thanks! :)
 
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doodlemonkey said...
Apr. 30, 2010 at 6:42 pm:
that's a fantastic poem... i can relate... your really good... don't ever give up... never let go... enjoy whatcha doin'... live that dream, and just take it all in
 
MereChar This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm :
Thank you, I will. :)
 
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mysteriousThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Apr. 30, 2010 at 6:41 pm:
Absolutely lovvvve it! please keep writing poems like these! you are very talented btw
 
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