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No one ever remembers Gene Forrester.
If he weren’t a fictional character
on an all-too-familiar journey of
self discovery,
he might be upset.
(jealous of Holden Caulfield even)
I’d like to talk to him,
If he were real, that is.
He’s like the middle child,
lonely and intellectual.
Completely void of attention.
No one cares.
His story is not a classic.
It’s not required reading for
high-school students across the nation.
Maybe Knowles was jealous of Salinger.
Maybe he yearned for a successful novel
that would spark the interest of
curious teenagers for decades to come.
If Gene Forrester were real though,
and
(hypothetically, of course)
he reads this,
I want him to know that
I remember him.


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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CanadotasThis 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...
today at 8:33 am:
I like the idea behind this a lot, that you don't have to be a star to be important or great. You can be outshined and still be loved. That message is really hard for me to remember sometimes, so it's really nice to read it. Thank you.
 
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JLEIGH96This 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...
Nov. 5, 2013 at 9:39 am:
I really love this. Being the oldest of many siblings I wouldnt know where you were coming from, but you helped me understand.
 
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DontxstopxImagining said...
Nov. 2, 2013 at 11:09 pm:
I am the middle child of the family, of three girls, the middle daughter and I can totally relate to this, its lovely
 
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waywithwords said...
May 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm:
I love your poem and I love that book! :) I remember him too.
 
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TheSummoningFreak said...
May 23, 2010 at 11:46 am:
love . love .love it !!!!!
 
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