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Directionally Challenged This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By
’ve got the gift of cheap tricks and hard shots
and a paper and pen
and of course
your breath when you blow on a page to dry the ink your
awkward artist’s hands scrawled signatures on.

But oh oh oh
to be told you
s p e a k i n p o e t r y
as though the average person cannot use
“honest”
as an adjective
as though only the tortured
decipher unsigned telegrams of Morse code
dot and dashes
reading
SOS
I NEED YOU
As though only the rare shining gifted (un)magical
seek the truth
in the nigh dead language of minor chords
and in darkened classroom where pretentious film students
gasp
at the names on the screen
as though they knew…
This is the upside of anger
This is the downside of wit

I just wanted to grab the TV and shake the rabbit ears that weren’t there
This is the geography of deceit

Is it too late to call this off?
the overpriced nights of
lackluster musings
and half-asleep claims of
achieving dreams
of chasing stars
of falling in love

Is it too late to call this off?...

But
these days are numbered
and snow-struck lashes are rare
and….

And if I
died
now
could I say I
lived with
Passion?

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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E.LeeXxX3 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 3, 2010 at 2:15 pm
im speechless. its simply amazing.
 
MoyruhJO This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 20, 2009 at 2:51 am
"Is it too late to call this off?
the overpriced nights of
lackluster musings
and half-asleep claims of
achieving dreams
of chasing stars
of falling in love

Is it too late to call this off?...

But
these days are numbered
and snow-struck lashes are rare
and….

And if I
died
now
could I say I
lived with
Passion?"

That was Brilliant. Everything about this poe... (more »)
 
logan love. said...
Feb. 14, 2009 at 9:08 pm
Even though, it was a bit on the long side. I enjoyed it, alot. It inspires me. Keep on writing. You've got a talent.
 
EverlastingWords said...
Jan. 25, 2009 at 10:11 pm
It was way too long.
 
softballcraZ said...
Dec. 18, 2008 at 11:33 pm
that was absolutely amazing. i wish i could write like that. it was so deep. i love it!!! 8D
 
the candyman said...
Dec. 2, 2008 at 6:51 pm
THIS WAS SO TOTALLY AWESOME! NO JOKE! FIVE STARS ALL THE WAY! *****
 
Lisa T.92 said...
Dec. 2, 2008 at 6:07 pm
Chelsia girl that poem is gud!! its is confusing in some parts but you sound like you were confused and angry when you wrote this poem. Thats gud that i can try to capture your emotion. But you were also reflective and i really like this. Makes me more interested in some of your other work.
 
Paint_the_Stars said...
Dec. 5, 2008 at 2:21 pm
Simply Indescribable.
 
little_miss_lalala said...
Nov. 12, 2008 at 12:10 am
this was simply grand.
I only skimmed it at first but definately had to go back and read it again.
It's a great view on society. I really liked it. nice job ^_^
 
Syd said...
Nov. 11, 2008 at 12:56 am
wow thats awesome. you'll be famous one day and be making money on pen and paper
 
Rockinitout said...
Oct. 24, 2008 at 2:53 pm
Fresh and singular--exactly what the world needs.
 
Globie R. Squash said...
Sept. 25, 2008 at 1:16 am
I like the title. This was a very truthfull piece. Write more ...
 
PollyannaGirl27 said...
Aug. 31, 2008 at 3:22 pm
Wow. I really like this piece.Its very interesting and it makes you want to learn more about what you're writing about. Great job and i love the end!
 
elaine901 said...
Aug. 26, 2008 at 2:46 am
wow! i really like reading this. it was such an interesting poem and i love the ending. the diction is so beautiful and it flows nicely. great job!
 
rach!rave said...
Aug. 24, 2008 at 2:37 am
i really enjoyed this. kind of confusing in some parts,and i had to physically bring myself to the ending. but the meaning of it is fabulous.
"and half-asleep claims of achieving dreams of chasing stars of falling in love".this is truly wonderful work.
 
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