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Adrian is Afraid of Airplanes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

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His hallway sprint is a loss of control;
an art assigned to stability onsocks
sliding smoothly against squares of tile;
hands trembling, unable tohold up atmosphere;
searching for a hug to wring fear like dirty water
froma rag. His eyes are chrysanthemums
bursting in time-lapse photography when hesees
airplanes cut the sky like steak knives;
blue bleeds juicy unrest,rains on his head,
and wings push clouds to corners of the sky like
a pickyeater who moves
mashed potatoes around a plate.
I wish I could swallowairplanes
like little pills; to allow each one to explode
in my stomach andto digest the burning fuselage
of 747s that crash past my teeth,
but theback of my throat tightens
and I force my mouth shut,
pretending thatairplanes are eternally
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.

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the October 2002 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.




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Ruth M. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 10:53 pm:
this is so original and imaginitive! it bursts and fizzes like the exploding airplanes :)its so rich in its imagery. great!
 
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