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Ponderings on My Carpet This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

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I settle back with a dull thump
Onto the carpet that should’ve been swept last week.
Oh well.
I had better things to do.
Besides
When I am gone this is how I will be remembered, I think:
The little bits of everything strewn across the floor.
Only a bit of dirt or a ragged thread left for someone else to stumble over,
But to some sentimental soul, it could mean that time we went to the creek
And laughed all night, the only souvenir the mud on our shoes.
Or the day I noticed my favorite jeans were frayed at the cuffs
And left them that way, only to have that ragged thread fall,
Marking something, some small moment of my life
Pressed into the carpet for all to see.
So there it is,
My little carpet collage –
Bits of this and that,
Bits of memories,
Bits of my life –
Taking refuge in the protective crevices of my carpet.
How could I destroy this with one sweep of a vacuum?
…You’re not buying it?
All right, I’ll sweep the floor.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the September 2008 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.





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crich897 said...
Nov. 20, 2008 at 12:50 pm:
love this. love the idea and the way you put it all together. wonderful.
 
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James Baker, 40 Lavers Oak, Martock. Aka. The Smok said...
Nov. 20, 2008 at 10:26 am:
I liked it to start with, but then my opinions soon changed. I thought it was a bit of a 'SNAKE IN THE GRASS' Joking pun.
 
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Duckie430 said...
Nov. 11, 2008 at 1:04 am:
LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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jsjmmmy said...
Nov. 3, 2008 at 5:49 pm:
i really liked your poem
 
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4lyfebasketball said...
Oct. 21, 2008 at 6:19 pm:
LOVE IT!!
 
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Globie R. Squash said...
Sept. 25, 2008 at 1:06 am:
LOVE the ending!!! I've had moments like this though, I'll hold a piece of paper or a shirt that doesn't fit, and think "I can't get rid of this. Look at all that potential, all those memories." But the next second I cover up the weird emotional display with something comical or stupid so noone will ever know... ... ...
 
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inkstain said...
Sept. 17, 2008 at 10:58 pm:
Funny and eloquently written. I might try that excuse next time I have to sweep the floor ;)
 
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