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Don't ask me.

I'm not the tour guide for some
Wild Expedition
where we'll spend forty days
eating tree bark and bird berries,
and sleeping under banks of
mosquito-infested mud,
running from creatures with spears shouting
I WANNA EAT YOU
and beasts with five-hundred eyes and crab claws
and appetites

I am not the hostess for you to cling to at a dance,
where the cacophony of swirling gowns
and unintelligible, irreverent twitter
will plunge us into insanity;
where women become monsters with
razor-sharp tongues
and amorphous globs of makeup
and suffocating uproars of stagnant perfume;
where men stampede,
their words effervescent with wine,
a nauseating decadence

These are words, for heaven's sake.
They are still, waiting for you,
and I promise they will not bite,
even if they are a language you swear you've never seen,
and they seem to be chanting for your flesh
or worse, your grade.
Yes, trip, grope, tangle in a spider web of sounds.

I will not hold your hand anymore.

Explore.

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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alayapoetgirl said...
Feb. 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm
You have a great sense of imagination! This poem is great...I'd love to hear more!
 
LilBenj This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 3, 2010 at 5:02 pm
I have quite a few on TeenInk - not all of them are as entertaining as this one, but if you'd like to read more poems I've written, feel free, by all means.
 
MickeyFinn said...
Jan. 18, 2010 at 1:14 pm
U ROCK! this m8 me laff soooooo hard!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!
 
LilBenj This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 3, 2010 at 9:14 pm
Hey, Thanks guys. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much!
 
geek1989 said...
Jan. 3, 2010 at 9:12 pm
hey, this poem rocks. i like how it flows and glides its waaaay cool. don't stop writing, lilbenj. you really have a cool way of capturing things
 
JamieH replied...
Jan. 3, 2010 at 9:13 pm
I totally agree!!!
 
JamieH said...
Jan. 3, 2010 at 9:08 pm
This is so AMAZING! I love the way you describe the overwhelming chaos some people feel when they read poetry - that's so cool, the way you Captured that!
 
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