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Rock star,
drug addict,
or geriatric on the rebound from cataract surgery,
she said,
are the only legitimate personas for sunglass-wearing.

But what about style and flirtation and Jackie O?

What about beaches
and tan lines
and ocean-stained copies of Time?

What about adolescence
and wrinkled hot dogs
and the velvety shores of Jersey?

Do you have an opinion on the grammatically stunted drugstore novel
or the vulgarity of toe rings?

What of that sapphire swimsuit that’s missing three jewels
and chapped lips
and that obscene practice permissible only after achieving a stupefied state of tourism (long after fanny packs and card decks) known as bike-renting?

Seriously, Mother, what do you make of chuckling quietly at women
whose shrunken, upturned noses can’t support their aviators,
or that psychedelic rainbow emitted by misshapen lenses,
rivaled only by oil leaks in the parking lots of supermarkets?

Nonsense. UV rays are fictionalized by the same people
who invented evolution and
global warming
and NASA.

No daughter of mine shall subscribe to that mongering,
that hullabaloo.
You’ll just have to squint.

But when she turned, I shaded my rusty eyes anyway,
if for no other reason than to shield myself for a little while against that blinding
light source
called humanity.

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PinkFloyd said...
Apr. 21, 2010 at 6:00 am:
wow........................................it was so good that i'm speechless
 
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Eilatan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 21, 2010 at 5:36 am:
THIS IS SO AMAZING!!!!!! I CAN NOT GET OVER HOW UNBELIEVABLY GOOD THIS IS!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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margierose This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm:
I love this!! You took something as every-day as sunglasses and gave it greater meaning 
 
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dasmoda said...
Mar. 30, 2010 at 2:09 pm:

THIS IS WONDERFUL

so glad to find a peice of poetry on here that isn't related to a teenage relationship/breakup/something stupid

 
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gregeron91 said...
Mar. 8, 2010 at 10:07 pm:
This might possibly be the best piece of poetry on this site. Your style reminds me a lot of the late great Allen Ginsburg. Congratulations on being such a true poet.
 
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OneGodForever32 said...
Mar. 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm:
Wow... this is really good! Please check out my work and comment... I love the feedback!
 
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Metamorfeame said...
Feb. 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm:
i love what its about sso much..really good job!=)....check out my poetry id appreciate it
 
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sammyso3 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 14, 2010 at 2:08 am:
*whistles* Love the imagery.
 
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Only,I This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm:
I love this. It's so honest and blunt. I love it.
Well done:)
 
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EternalSunshine said...
Dec. 10, 2009 at 8:30 pm:
i really, really like this! and my mom is the same way too, she tells me evolution and global warming are bull crap ahah. i really related to this poem, good job!
 
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Jimmy_flash said...
Dec. 10, 2009 at 10:27 am:
yo really good poem makes you look at the world in many different lights i love the mood of this work. Good Job!
 
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cyanidecaleph said...
Nov. 18, 2009 at 2:31 pm:
I love the atmosphere you express in this poem. Very influential. !
 
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MyChemicalRosalee said...
Nov. 18, 2009 at 11:02 am:
Wow, this was amazing. i really felt it, please keep it up!
 
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<3::wish4wings::<3 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 18, 2009 at 10:05 am:
i love this:D
great work! keep it up
 
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Zero_K This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 14, 2009 at 6:43 pm:
Ha ha, awesomeness. I love this. <(n.n)>
-Blessed Be!
+++ZERO+++
 
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StephanieQueen said...
Oct. 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm:
That was great!^^
 
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Colby M. said...
Oct. 27, 2009 at 9:52 am:
Also, your drawing reminds me of Sid Vicious from the Pistols.
 
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Colby M. said...
Oct. 27, 2009 at 9:51 am:
Dude, look up the following songs:
Half of Two Times Two by Barr.
The Song is the Single by Barr.
Both remind me of your poem.
Great lyrics.
-C
 
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Tierra J. said...
Jun. 17, 2009 at 9:03 pm:
all i have to say is that this poem came from the heart and its helped me relize many shades of life!
 
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_EmC_ said...
Jun. 17, 2009 at 2:40 pm:
This poem is beautiful, full of vivid imagery that brings to sharper focus the more glossed-over aspects of humanity. I have to disagree with some of the above posters who asked you to clarify your intent - I thought that your single effect was portrayed very clearly and brought the reader to a new understanding.
The one issue I had with this piece was the two differing voices. Of course, this is a stylistic choice, but I'd prefer to have a greater difference in tone when you switch bet... (more »)
 
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