Shotgun Slumber MAG

April 22, 2009
By Megan Buckner BRONZE, Gilford, New Hampshire
Megan Buckner BRONZE, Gilford, New Hampshire
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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.



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JMThe-one GOLD said...
on Jan. 21 2011 at 12:19 pm
JMThe-one GOLD, Enfield, Connecticut
11 articles 10 photos 72 comments

Favorite Quote:
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
C. S. Lewis

Me Too. lol

JMThe-one GOLD said...
on Jan. 21 2011 at 12:19 pm
JMThe-one GOLD, Enfield, Connecticut
11 articles 10 photos 72 comments

Favorite Quote:
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
C. S. Lewis

What would be the point in writing something if there was absolutely no purpose to it? Whether that purpose is to simply express emotion or something reater than that, there is still a purpose.

on Jan. 20 2011 at 7:30 pm
K.H.D. PLATINUM, Fort Wayne, Indiana
27 articles 19 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"KID YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So...
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Alenn O'Shea
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So... get on your way!" - Dr. Seuss, "Oh! The Places You'll Go"

And to clarify... by "this," I meant my previous comment.

on Jan. 20 2011 at 7:28 pm
K.H.D. PLATINUM, Fort Wayne, Indiana
27 articles 19 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"KID YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So...
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Alenn O'Shea
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So... get on your way!" - Dr. Seuss, "Oh! The Places You'll Go"

LMThe-one, please do not call me dumb...

If everything has meaning, what is the meaning to life in general?

I only wrote this to be heard. And heard I was. So thank you for reading.
And that last question was in no way meant to offend; I do appologize if I have.


jeanwolf GOLD said...
on Jan. 16 2011 at 7:42 pm
jeanwolf GOLD, Lodi, California
14 articles 11 photos 37 comments

Favorite Quote:
Eternity is forever, falsehood is a never

good, keep it up!!

take a look at my work plz!!


on Jan. 16 2011 at 7:42 pm
josephdamian SILVER, Brampton,
7 articles 0 photos 4 comments
That was amazing

on Jan. 16 2011 at 7:17 pm
BeYOUtiful_13 BRONZE, Tinley Park, Illinois
4 articles 1 photo 98 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
~Marilyn Monroe

i like it :)

on Jan. 16 2011 at 12:23 pm
Amazing poem.

JMThe-one GOLD said...
on Jan. 16 2011 at 11:46 am
JMThe-one GOLD, Enfield, Connecticut
11 articles 10 photos 72 comments

Favorite Quote:
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
C. S. Lewis

khD--- you are dumb. Everything has a meaning, and this poem is actually pretty good. It s full of symbolic meaning, and makes a lot of sense. Even if it wasn't meant to be interpreted that way.

JMThe-one GOLD said...
on Jan. 16 2011 at 11:43 am
JMThe-one GOLD, Enfield, Connecticut
11 articles 10 photos 72 comments

Favorite Quote:
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
C. S. Lewis

The title is good. It makes sense. If people don't get it(they might not be the most intelligent). It is obviously reference to riding shotgun in a car and falling asleep. Although it has more symbolic meaning than that.

JMThe-one GOLD said...
on Jan. 16 2011 at 11:41 am
JMThe-one GOLD, Enfield, Connecticut
11 articles 10 photos 72 comments

Favorite Quote:
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
C. S. Lewis

Best I've seen on here in a while. Says a lot since I'm really critical.

on Jan. 16 2011 at 10:58 am
Love4All SILVER, Hudson, Massachusetts
5 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
We were given: Two hands to hold. To legs to walk. Two eyes to see. Two ears to listen. But why only one heart? Because the other was given to someone else. For us to find. --Author Unknown

i hadnt thought about it that way but now that you point it out, it makes a lot of sense

on Jan. 12 2011 at 11:43 am
alymarie3 PLATINUM, Leavenworth, Kansas
24 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
Piglet: How do you spell love?
Pooh: You don't spell it, you feel it

i'm a little confused, but i do like ur choice of words

Maxwell said...
on Dec. 25 2010 at 5:27 pm
Maxwell, Rochdale, Massachusetts
0 articles 0 photos 44 comments

Favorite Quote:
"We are not retreating, we are merely advancing in another direction." General George S. Pattton, US Army

I believe the title is referring to where the narrator is sitting: in the passenger's seat of the vehicle (shotgun).

Kingkhaos GOLD said...
on Dec. 3 2010 at 4:44 pm
Kingkhaos GOLD, Prosser, Washington
10 articles 2 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
Ama-za-zing

could be too that the sleep was "sudden", so it was likened to a shotgun blast

on Dec. 3 2010 at 1:57 pm
CanNeverHoldMeBack GOLD, Manhattan, Kansas
10 articles 0 photos 37 comments

Favorite Quote:
friendships are like glass. sometimes it's better to leave them broken then hurt yourself trying to put them back together again.

i liked it! great use of imagery! Good Job!!!

on Dec. 3 2010 at 1:56 pm
CanNeverHoldMeBack GOLD, Manhattan, Kansas
10 articles 0 photos 37 comments

Favorite Quote:
friendships are like glass. sometimes it's better to leave them broken then hurt yourself trying to put them back together again.

its like in the seat beside the driver is called 'shotgun' and they're fallign asleep, so the tittle makes sense.

on Dec. 3 2010 at 11:32 am
silentvocal SILVER, Chicago, Illinois
5 articles 0 photos 44 comments

Favorite Quote:
Don't try to fix what isn't broken

im tryin to figure the title out aswell. lol-maybe its just a title open for interpretation-it seems sybolic in relation to the poem to me... :)

Savanne BRONZE said...
on Nov. 25 2010 at 2:41 pm
Savanne BRONZE, Colfax, California
4 articles 0 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I was never going to amount to much anyway, but now, statistically speaking, there's a better chance that some part of me will go on to greatness somewhere in the world. I'd rather be partly great than entirely useless." ♥ -Unwind

I really loved this poem, but I don't get the title?

on Nov. 11 2010 at 8:28 pm
K.H.D. PLATINUM, Fort Wayne, Indiana
27 articles 19 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"KID YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So...
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Alenn O'Shea
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So... get on your way!" - Dr. Seuss, "Oh! The Places You'll Go"

To soontobe12, do not speak in place of God. Also, bmmspm was stating an opinion, not being mean. If they really wanted to be mean, they would have completely bashed it with a few choice words. They did not. The term "ok" is neither a negative nor positive comment; it's neutral.


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