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Otherwhere or The Reality of Reality This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

In math class, across the room she sits in the chair
Of his existence on this planet, she seems supremely unaware.
He wishes she'd notice him, or at least look his way;
He wishes there is something he could do, something he could say.
See how she seems content, without a care?
Because her fleeting mind is Otherwhere.
Otherwhere is the place where daydreams are alive.
It's the only way most students can survive.
It is the place where all fantasies come to be
It is sacred, which only some may see.
In Otherwhere, her mind drifts near and far
On pirate ships, and riding shooting stars,
Wielding a great sword in the midst of battle,
A maiden locked up in the tower of a castle.
A knight in rusty armor calls,
Bruised and sore from climbing palaces' walls.
She is safe from the terrible dragon, he earnestly swore
She returns: he could've just used the ­unlocked door.
He removes his helmet, and on bended knee
He begs her come, the world to see
When first their eyes do make contact
Their minds then make a sudden journey back.
They wonder if they finally have gone mad
But glancing across the classroom makes them think:
Reality's not all that bad.

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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Vallichor said...
Apr. 27, 2016 at 2:02 pm
I love that the characters connect without conversation. Your poem is brilliantly written and the imagery is vivid! Amazing job.
 
Wolfayne said...
Mar. 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm
I agree so much which Lostinbooks.
It has a easy to get to message and you obviously have great creatve thinking.
The imagery and rythm is awesome and flawless.
I love it.
Please, look at my work.
It would mean a lot to me.
Thanx! ;D
 
elvinchangling55 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 6, 2010 at 12:31 pm
thanks so much!! i would love to look at ur work, but my computer wont go to your link. could u post it, or tell me the name, so i can check it out?
 
Lostinbooks This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 1, 2009 at 12:19 am
So true...Otherwhere...
I think I spend too much time there...
Everyone has their own otherwhere...whether they like it or not.
Good message, beautiful imagery...
 
Cousin Glenn said...
Oct. 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm
Great work Lauren!
 
auntie said...
Oct. 25, 2009 at 1:10 pm
Loved it.....definitely indicates the push-pull between childhood and maturity and the distinction between the worlds of fantasy and reality.
 
sciencegeek said...
Oct. 21, 2009 at 10:47 am
Loved the poem. Truly reflects the students in class.
 
energybalance said...
Oct. 21, 2009 at 8:26 am
The ability toi travel to "Otherwhere" enriches one's everyday reality. Lovely poem!
 
Th3k!DWr!tE5 said...
Oct. 9, 2009 at 7:19 pm
I find this really interestin. The imagery is killer, cause I find myself in otherwhere in class alot. I thnk we all have a place to escape to it's different but I guess we all have that in common. I like this a lot very good. One more thing, so at the end, If I'm correct the girl finally notices the guy?
 
elvinchangling55 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 10, 2009 at 7:26 pm
thanx so much!! yeah, they connect in their minds, then realize that awesome people dont only exist in fantasy.
 
Th3k!DWr!tE5 replied...
Oct. 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm
Man I could use that rite now, good stuff
 
elvinchangling55 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 11, 2009 at 8:52 pm
lol, yeah 'tis
 
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