I Was A ... Once This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   I Was A ... Once

I was a princess once,
my hair piled in curls
around an emerald tiara,
spilling on my shoulders,
tumbling on red velvet.
I lived on the beach
in a sandcastle
that was immune to the waves
crashing on the rocks
and flooding the moat around it.
I lived with my prince
He laughed at my jokes,
and took away my diamond rings
only to give me rubies.
We ate chocolate together at every meal,
unless I wanted a rootbeer.

I was a cowgirl once,
my shirt tasseled
and my boots spiked.
Every once in a while
I would jump on my horse
and ride off into the sunset,
with a cloud of dust
billowing behind me.
I told no one where I was going
honestly, I didn't know myself.
My horse galloped on forever
Until I discovered the edge
of the world,
where I rested under an oak tree
and ate salad instead of beans,
and topped it off with ice cream.

I was an astronaut once,
my heart flip-flopping in my chest
at the exciting thought of take off
Floating around in the absence of gravity,
sticking my tongue out
and making faces in my space suit.
I could tumble, and cartwheel,
and make myself dizzy,
and yell "whoopee" and "woo-hoo"
like every astronaut should.
I would laugh and smile
with the aliens aboard my ship
as we would try to sit down
(floating up every time)
and feast on dehydrated
marshmallows.

I was a mermaid once,
my purple hair doused with
seashells that twinkled like
bells when I swam.
My tail was pink, my seashells
mauve.
I would bask on a rock
jutting above the sea,
and decorate my room
with glistening coral.
I didn't eat shellfish -
the shrimp were my friends,
as were the lobster and clams.
Instead, I munched on seaweed
and saltwater,
until I found out about Big Macs.

I was me once ...
sitting on my bed with
a pen in my hand,
Wishing I was a movie star.
I would eat caviar,
and drink champagne ...

by A. P., Buckfield, ME


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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FarmGirl156 said...
Jun. 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm
haha, i love this :)
 
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