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The velveteen beards of words on the veterans of wars
Their day-swindled spindly legs framed by Oakwood canes
Skin as thin as oil-soaked translucent paper
Thin as cellophane hanging off the face
Adorned by a well worn, proud, the bristly ’stashe
Dark as sunken eyes, sloping telescopes, kaleidoscopes, monoscopes.
Men who hustle lusty prostitutes, loose and limp and busted
Men speculating prospects without pretense
Without pretext, without preamble, preface, predominance, prejudice.
Men with a routine of dereliction
Knuckles rudely protrude from meatless fingers
Grip a sad-framed Oakwood cane.

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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Yael R. said...
Sept. 3, 2009 at 10:03 pm
i love the complicated language that doesn't make for smooth reading. its great!
 
Jennax3 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 19, 2009 at 4:58 am
You definitely have a flair for description... congrats on the publication :)
 
Wildheart This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 18, 2009 at 3:15 pm
I love it, That's all i have to say about it. Totally awesome!!!
 
lovehate29 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 25, 2009 at 4:47 pm
This is very good. I think it is interesting too. I love lines 6-9. It's very beautiful how you list the 'scopes and how you list the "pre" words. It's pure genius. One of my favorites. Keep up the good work.
 
Ian G. said...
Jun. 24, 2009 at 8:17 pm
I like it a lot. Very nice.
 
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