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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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str8rippin said...
May 3, 2009 at 7:45 pm:
hey whats up i like the site.
 
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iamcool said...
May 3, 2009 at 5:45 pm:
Good I dont get the title
 
xfOb39xo replied...
Feb. 20, 2010 at 10:37 pm :
shotgun means the passenger side and slumber is sleeping so its someone falling asleep in a acar
 
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bookhugger14 said...
May 3, 2009 at 2:20 pm:
i really like this poem! it reminds me of the boredom of long, long trips through never-ending sameness that i have all the time! great use of imagery the description was near perfect!
 
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catpoem said...
May 3, 2009 at 1:42 am:
brilliant poem, five stars as well!
 
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ChelseyRae said...
May 2, 2009 at 1:44 am:
I'm guessing the title would mean something along the lines of 'shotgun', being the passenger seat slang term.
Also, in the entry, the writer states: "Another mile marker and tired eyes flutter-"
I would believe this is what the 'slumber' refers to in the title.
All in all, the writer could be reffering to sleeping in the passenger seat on a long car ride, possibly moving to a new house, etc.


Just a guess.
(:
 
firefly116 replied...
Nov. 24, 2009 at 6:15 am :
i agree, definitely what she meant.
 
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austin T. said...
May 1, 2009 at 3:01 am:
megan i love it and i enjoy your simbolism omplex but thoughtfull
 
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Pa S. said...
May 1, 2009 at 12:44 am:
good work. keep it up. can't wait 'till your next poem
 
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David G. said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 10:46 am:
not bad. What's the title mean?
 
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captianj-man said...
Apr. 28, 2009 at 8:04 pm:
very very good!!!!!!!!
 
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Mudkip266 said...
Apr. 27, 2009 at 7:57 pm:
Good poem. But I don't get the title.
 
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CressFerriera said...
Apr. 27, 2009 at 2:57 pm:
Nice job, Megan!
 
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Kumang said...
Apr. 27, 2009 at 8:15 am:
yea /.. What ever he said. or she/. lol
 
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<3$~DarkAngel~$<3 said...
Apr. 25, 2009 at 8:21 pm:
awesome loved it!
 
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joshua S. said...
Apr. 25, 2009 at 5:07 am:
swell
 
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Sami E. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 25, 2009 at 4:29 am:
Brilliant. Five stars!
 
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Madcheesey said...
Apr. 23, 2009 at 2:53 am:
Wow... this is really good. you're great. keep it up.
 
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