Self-Made Man This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   The very image of the self-made man,

I am the Phoenix, born again of fire,

Enduring since the mind of man began,

I'm always young, never do I retire.



My radiant flame will never expire,

And with the ashes of all knowledge past,

I strive to travel hither, always higher,

Reaching forever, flying high and fast.



The ideas of great men will always last,

And as these same men, which none shall surpass,

I build upon these ashes of the past,

I am the Phoenix, crowned feathers of brass.



Phoenix, bird of fire, symbol of my life,

Posterity's joy, Predecessor's strife.




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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