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The Books Are Burning This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

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     The books are burning,
the offending pages soaked with gasoline,
fluttering in the wind like helpless sparrows
trying to escape the flames but failing.
But off those struggling pages,
the tiny black letters and words are freed
onto torn ivory scraps that become feathers.
Overlapping like a crushed typewriter’s keys,
they come together, the words joining
to form a set of wings,
a bold, avian truth
that flies above the leaping pyre
like a phoenix rising.
It escapes the burning prison,
soaring over the city,
words in its beak as it dips beneath the moon,
bearing them like the dove with its olive branch.
The people look out golden windows
with hope.


This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the May 2007 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.




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ink_siren said...
Jul. 3, 2011 at 11:50 pm
Really good. I'm jealous. Ive always hoped to be as descriptive as you have been. The subject was very thought provoking. Keep writing. I loved It. :)
 
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