Conspiracy Against Five-Year-Olds This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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I wonder if I used to fly
When I was five, or was it
Just a lie? I can't know now
It's been erased by elder folk.
My mother told me it's not true
Floating down stairs or up
On rooftops are illusions, but
I still suspect that once I could.
My faith was crushed with her report
That flying's for the aircraft sort
And birdies too with pretty wings ...
But all I had to do was push
Down on the air, and up I went.
If then gravity did call me back
Slowly I exhaled until all
The pressure building up inside
Deflated and I did descend.
I'm thinking now that Mother lied
And like all adults she doesn't know
That body size does not bestow
Authority in affairs airborne.



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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StarGazer9 said...
Jun. 9, 2015 at 6:25 pm
I actually have a memory of me jumping off of a chair and flying when I was younger. Sounds like I'm not the only one. Nice writing! Congrats on making the magazine!
 
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