Stairwell to Perfect This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

July 19, 2009
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The elevator won't take me to perfect.
It's a long way to go.
Nobody expects me to get there.

Nobody, except everybody.

I've got an appointment with perfection –
Gotta be there by 33.

I've been told I could get lost –
Pass the A+ on your right,
But go no more than 102 pounds.

Nobody agrees which floor perfection is on.
Some settle for floor 14 – love.
Others at floor 22 – money.
I've got the world telling me how I can get there.

When I started, my dreams were big.
I could make it.
But I've been sweating, wheezing, and I wish there was an escalator.
I wish there weren't so many varied directions and long, twisting halls.
I wish I could just follow the yellow brick road.

When I'm exhausted, and rest at a B+,
Everyone tells me I'm in the wrong place.
I'm not reaching my potential perfection.
That's a few floors up
In space.

I'm done.
I can climb a flight of stairs all my life,
But Mars is a height not in this building.
I've reached the top floor:
And there's only one direction left to go.

Would you like to push me down?

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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ElizabethHolt said...
Apr. 27, 2012 at 9:42 am

This is really good! I love the words you have choosen to use! I loved how you included the yellow brick road.

Good Job!

Your Grandma's Godchild said...
Aug. 2, 2009 at 5:16 pm
Wow! This poetry is timeless. I can imagine a group like "Train" singing this. With some tiny adjustments, this could be a hit song. There are many people of various ages that share the emotion of this poem. Keep writing! Best Wishes, Your Italian Grandmother's Goddaughter
Mother of Sunshine said...
Aug. 1, 2009 at 8:11 pm
This one makes me feel sad. If you can get your reader to feel emotion you have been successful. I just hope you're feeling better now.
evr said...
Aug. 1, 2009 at 6:10 pm
This is fantastic work Sarah! I love both Poems, really makes you think and captures a feeling many teens must feel NICE!
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