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Against the Grain This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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     during clean-up time
most of the others
would help me scrub the table
it was not real wood
but illusory stains
on a piece of plastic
but the others
would still scour
from right to left
with the grain
except I
indignantly took my sponge
and brushed it up and down
and in every direction
which was okay
since it was just plastic
and the teacher
said I was doing it wrong
but I didn’t care
she must not have realized
it didn’t matter
as long as the table was clean


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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