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Asleep at the Controls This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.


I began the journey
At what I call my "birth"
This is theexact time
That I left this Earth.
This is my voyage
As viewedby me ...

Struggling to fly,
Gaining velocity.
From here Ican see.
An entire city.
Where to from here?
I am up so high...

Up with the birds,
Not quite in space.
I am sure youcan see
The anxiety in my face
It is so tranquil up here.
Not asound to be heard ...

Finally in space
I currentlyreside.
I feel so safe
Tightly locked inside
Of this isolatedship
Too much time to spare ...

The stars fly past
Likepeople did down there
Too many fly by,
I can't allow myself tocare.
So onward I trudge.
Into the open and vast ...

Whatif I find nothing?
This will be just a waste.
But at least I canhide
Deep within outer space.
Far away from the hassle
Ofliving with them ...

Perhaps I am plagued
with a wanderingmind
Maybe I should fall asleep.
And see what I can find.
Aslong as the ship is headed
Far away from Earth ...




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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