The American Dream This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

It is the American Dream
What we all strive for and imagine
Indouble-wide trailers to double-wide mansions
In sprouting lakes of fake fish.
Nothing captures its essence
Unbound by time or dust or rot
The thingswe cherish still are lovingly patted
And brought through thecenturies.

It is more than a dream now
It's a reality that the millionshave made
Our heart and soul builds the heaven on earth.
A refuge for thesick,
And a shelter for the needy,
It is everything we desire.

Inthe cherry trucks and laughing children
To indolent teenagers with smokecircling
We see our dream and the actuality
It may not be perfect, but itis our heaven
And so disillusioned we conjure forth our hope.

In thepicket fences we see our childhood
In the sky we see our adulthood
And inthe middle we see our life.
Suspended, but not contained,
It is the dreamthat wakes within us all.

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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This article has 79 comments. Post your own now! said...
May 5 at 2:35 am
America #1
dslebron1 said...
Nov. 10, 2016 at 4:10 pm
Very good poem, I would just suggest you look over you next piece of work for any words that might have combined together.
DespondentPen said...
Aug. 14, 2016 at 1:57 pm
I like the idea, but the lack of proper spacing made it more confusing to read, and less enjoyable.
LiveLoveWriteForever replied...
Oct. 19, 2016 at 10:29 am
I agree with you
Arabpride said...
May 18, 2016 at 11:46 pm
"American Dream"? There is no such thing! This an idea that has been mainstreamed into our minds... it's merely a figment of our imagination.
joshwawr2 said...
Apr. 26, 2016 at 8:59 am
You did a great job using juxtaposition to show how the American dream has led to many different things for different people. Some people have taken the dream and become successful but others haven't fulfilled what they have dreamed of.
rohanb05 said...
Apr. 26, 2016 at 8:49 am
I like how this poem covers America from all angles. It shows how people value certain elements of our country, and I agree. Great job!
Rogateeeeer said...
Apr. 26, 2016 at 7:52 am
wow this poem is really eye opening
LexieM said...
Jan. 29, 2016 at 1:36 pm
you really captured the essence of all parts of America and not just one perspective. From the rich to the poor and just little things like a refuge for the sick. But I wonder why some of you your words are interlocked as one.
FaZe_Raggy said...
Jan. 7, 2016 at 12:15 pm
FaZe_Raggy said...
Jan. 7, 2016 at 12:14 pm
love it it is cy
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Jan. 7, 2016 at 12:15 pm
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aoliver said...
Nov. 5, 2015 at 8:45 am
I feel like this is what America is all about. “A refuge for the sick, and a shelter for the needy.” This is my favorite line because it explains how America is our home and can pick us up when we fall down there is always something here to help us.
5MatthewJM said...
Nov. 4, 2015 at 12:59 pm
I like this piece because it speaks the truth about the American dream. When you said “A refuge for the sick, And a shelter for the needy, it is everything we desire.” I thought about the poverty and sickness in the world and how it needs to change.
nuha.anwarThis 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...
Aug. 28, 2015 at 11:01 am
This article is definitely marvelous. However, what I would prefer if you talk more about the core of American Dream, talking deep downn into the core of the American Dream can really enchance the tone and instead make it reminiscent.
American24 said...
Jan. 15, 2015 at 10:53 am
I believe that its a good poem but the real american dream you right about has more layers then one. Peal them back to get to the center then you will have a truly heart touching peom
Enigmapleet said...
Nov. 22, 2014 at 8:06 am
AbbeyW This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 2, 2014 at 10:42 pm
Awesome! I'm trying to get better and would love some constructive criticism. Would you mind checking out my work?
moderndayEmilyDickinson This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 19, 2014 at 10:51 am
I'm honored, that you shared this. Thank you; know that someone looks up to you and you are a treasure.
AbigailGilgal said...
Jun. 3, 2014 at 9:33 pm
K, I really like the poem but did you mean to run those words together? Or is it a typo? A little confused here
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