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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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Pumpkinscout said...
Sept. 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm:
Yes a good poem! I know the feeling...
 
aimaginater replied...
Oct. 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm :
She's sitting shotgun. As in the front passenger seat of a car.
 
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MeaghanSeesStarsThis 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...
Sept. 15, 2011 at 9:11 am:

 THIS IS A GOOD POEM

 

 
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TheNovaClytie said...
Aug. 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm:
I CALL SHOTGUN! hehe. really great piece. reminds me of why my sister and i fight over shotgun all the time!
 
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Lola_Black said...
Aug. 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm:
Beautifully said! I love how you captured the feeling of riding shotgun. The title was pretty catchy, too!
 
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TeKaila said...
Aug. 3, 2011 at 11:43 am:
wow that was greattt :) I really could seee what you were trying to say
 
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purpleink said...
Aug. 3, 2011 at 10:08 am:
This is great! You really captured how it is to sit shotgun
 
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annexgrey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 3, 2011 at 7:30 am:
Beautiful.
 
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alwaysbrokenhearted said...
Aug. 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm:
i totally love this poem. so many images are in my head as i read it. amazing job!!!!
 
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ElleNicole said...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 11:02 am:

I like this. =) Good job.

Check out my work?

 
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RaindropsCatcher This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 19, 2011 at 6:02 am:
This was one amazingly described emotion/landscape. It made me nostalgic, made my heart ache for home. Amazing work.
 
renni replied...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 9:51 am :
i love this! very good :)
 
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PaRaNoRmAl627 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm:
this is beautiful. maybe im just in an emotional mood, but it made my heart ache for some reason
 
peace_love_beauty replied...
May 6, 2011 at 10:05 am :
Aboslutely LOVE this poem. So creative and well-written.
 
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ohmakemeover This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm:
I can really relate to this poem!  Nice, title, too.
 
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naiya.2011 said...
Mar. 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm:
i love this poem....
 
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Hotaru said...
Mar. 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm:
Your peom was good and seems to carry many different ideas within it. This poem is interesting to read. I admit, I was confused at first about what your title meant. But, thankfully from the comments below I realized my mistake at over analizing it.
 
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Aderes18This 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...
Mar. 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm:
This is a great poem!
 
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TeenageParadise_114 said...
Mar. 23, 2011 at 9:20 am:
you are a poetic genius
 
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Basketball23 said...
Mar. 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm:
I REALLY liked this!!!  I love how you described the fog..."patches of fog along the countours of my nose and lips."  I LOVED THAT PART!!!
 
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jeanwolf said...
Jan. 16, 2011 at 7:42 pm:

good, keep it up!!

take a look at my work plz!!

 
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