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This Is Not Your Poem This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   This sheet of paper has never smelled coffee

or glanced casually at the shade-wearing man at the microphone

from its place at my table.



It has never been read aloud in a carbon-copy

discussion group kingdom

and praised like weak tea by the

folder-clutching jellyfish.



I have never shown this paper to a friend

and ticked away the seconds with dog-waiting-for-a-treat-eagerness

or been reward with,

"That's neat."




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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