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February 1, 2009
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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.

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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Sonny S. said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 12:45 pm
Thats is very good. I actually understand what u are talking about and were u are coming from. I really like this poem!
shingarevdaniel said...
Apr. 27, 2009 at 11:22 pm
i do not understand what you are trying to say about this poem
can you explain to me what you were thinking when you wrote this poem because i cant understand why you would write this I'm not trying to offend you but i really want to know what was on your mind when you wrote this
hello.peaches This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 27, 2009 at 11:12 pm
this is stunning.
i love the way the words flow.
keep writing! :]
Kumang said...
Apr. 27, 2009 at 8:36 am
Wow this is amazin.. i like poems that rhymes.. lol
Rachel P. said...
Apr. 25, 2009 at 3:44 am
Wow. That's all I can say. That was amazing.
scorpiosmeredith said...
Apr. 25, 2009 at 12:09 am
I love it, each line kept me there suspended,I just had to keep reading. Keep writting and way to put a thorn in humanity
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