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teenaged cynics This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.


they eyeeach other through narrowed lids,
button their tight black coats as a barrieragainst malignant stares
masked only by frosty purple eye shadow.
theirdark roots are just beginning to emerge, an upstaging of theircurrent
bleached-blond hue -
a failed attempt to hide their blackersides.
they speak carelessly of older boyfriends,
of nervous pregnancytests
(they're home free - at least for now)
and hope for a ring beforethey graduate to save themselves from the lives
they know they are headingtoward.
they affectionately refer to each other with depreciative names-
jokingly, of course
(or is it?)
their cynicism shines eternallythrough their gap-toothed smiles and
boisterous laughter
and i wonder howlong they will be able to endure being trapped in their world
ofnonchalant misery and skepticism
before theyshatter




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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