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To Be Hip or To Break a Hip: That Is the Question This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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I don't want to grow old, gray-haired, goal-less
with wrinkles, weakness, and unobtainable wants
I want to stay young, hopeful, capable of fitness

When fashion matters, flexibility is infinite, and laughter's hard to suppress
I don't want to turn frail, fragile, forgetful
I don't want to grow old, gray-haired, helpless

With unsteady hands, poor posture, and unmanageable stress
Annoying slowness, thinning hair, awful hearing
I want to stay young, hopeful, capable of fitness

When it's perfectly normal for my room to be a mess
When dancing and flipping is fun to do
I don't want to grow old, gray-haired, decaying in process

And not care about my weight, hair, or how I dress
knowing death is drawing closer day by day
I want to stay young, hopeful, capable of fitness

So my bones remain strong, and wounds are easier to assess,
And health isn't deadly, and unpredictable
I don't want to grow old, gray-haired, I confess
I want to stay young, hopeful, capable of fitness

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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