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My face is smushed against the glass –
cheekbone and jawline numb from
the cold, and long hours spent pressed
against the window. Rhythmic breaths
create patches of fog along the contours of my nose and lips.

Out of the corner of my right eye
I catch glimpses of the landscape we
pass by, but I’ve seen it all before.
Concrete barriers and painted lines
keep my driver on course.

Beyond the asphalt and wildflower medians
sprawl cornfields, suburban neighborhoods,
vast parks. Perpetual movement fools me
and for a moment, I am stationary –
free to view the passing still frames
of others’ lives.

Another mile marker and tired eyes flutter –
the endless strings of telephone lines,
cow pastures and landfills blur together
as the lullaby resonating from the spinning
axles beneath my feet sings me to sleep again.

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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ConfusionsThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Dec. 11, 2013 at 3:57 am:
All I can say to your poem is: BEAUTIFUL
 
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lizzyw77 said...
Oct. 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm:
Beautiful descriptive words. Loved it! Please check out my poem- "Autumn" 
 
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albinotiger said...
Jun. 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm:
Really good desriptive words, its like im there!
 
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Rebel13This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm:
This poem, to me, described something I've done many times really well. Very well written- I'd love to see more by you!
 
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Mimi15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 22, 2012 at 11:51 am:
Check out my poem "puddle-wonderful" :)
 
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BeautyFromPain21 said...
Mar. 31, 2012 at 2:41 pm:
The name is amazing in itself, and then the actual poetry...amazing
 
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Def_Leppard_fan120 said...
Jan. 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm:
This poem was AWESOME!!!!!!!! I loved it. Anyway come check out my profile. Leave a comment and rate it. I write action and adventure stories, or maybe when I get inspired a scary poem or story. There is more to come. See ya there Rock on dudes and dudettes
 
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blah_blah said...
Jan. 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm:
this poem was very unique and cool
 
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sydneyy said...
Jan. 25, 2012 at 10:10 am:
i love this . its so nice . i made one too . its a article .
 
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Ayme. said...
Jan. 25, 2012 at 8:08 am:
really, really awesome poem. can u check out my stuff?
 
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Calligraphic said...
Jan. 25, 2012 at 7:35 am:
I really liked the diction in this piece!
 
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WeAllBurn said...
Jan. 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm:
that was truly, amazing. just wow. speechless.
 
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Grania This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm:
This is great!
 
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artmantist said...
Nov. 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm:
plz, check out my work. nice poem
 
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Shmelmo said...
Oct. 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm:
Wow...I really like this peice. It can relate to a lot of people, myself being one. Thanks for posting this. Could you check out some of my work please?? :)
 
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TotheSea said...
Oct. 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm:
I've had these same thoughts on many a road trip. Very nice, thank you for putting them into words.
 
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Lexie96 said...
Oct. 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm:
Aw, wish I could sit shotgun again. Start driving and suddenly you have to drive everyone everywhere. At least I do :) Think that anyone could check out my work? Please and thank you!
 
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Anonymous_7 said...
Oct. 8, 2011 at 12:01 am:
You did a great job on this poem!  I feel this way sometimes. Would mind checking out my work? It would be much appreciated, thanks!
 
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PumpkinscoutThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Sept. 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm:
Yes a good poem! I know the feeling...
 
the-tears-im-crying-dont-deserve-youThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Oct. 7, 2011 at 11:09 am :
why is it calle dshotgun slumer tho it has nothing to do with a shotgun
 
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