The American Dream This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

There’s a girl somewhere sitting in front of a cheap, slow
public library computer
Striving to be the first in her family
College bound
Walking home in the dark
To a hungry family, a poor family, an angry family, a broken family
That’s not me

I’m a Catholic white girl
Average brown hair (with the best shampoo),
Average blue eyes (with the best mascara),
Average height,
Average weight,
An average athlete (with the best equipment),
An average student (with the best tutors)

I don’t have to bring home money
I study on occasion
I cheat and don’t get caught,
I steal and don’t get stopped,
I live a life where community service is an act
And summer programs have to prove something

Politicians, poets, rappers, proud of their struggle
Tell stories of discrimination, perseverance, challenge, strength,
Proud of their identity
Proud of the injustice they conquered
That’s not me

I was born in my identity
I was born where I sit in a J.Crew polo
In front of a plasma screen
In a well-lit, well-designed, freshly painted room

I never lived through any struggle,
Actually I sprained my ankle once
And the saddest day of my life
Was when I left summer camp

I have food, a home, an education, a family
I have a second cell phone, a second digital camera, a third iPod
I have money
But I hate it

I never had to prove myself to the world
I don’t deserve what I have
I don’t deserve who I am
I have nothing to live for
Nothing to fight for
Nothing to beat

I’m not living,
I’m dying the American Dream

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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thenaturalmystic This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 11, 2012 at 10:13 am
wow spoken comepletely true. in fact im amazed that someone would approach this topic. but it describes the "american dream" as dead wich really with our times... it is . great work! hope to see more...  
necci said...
Mar. 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm

dark yet true in most cases, i agree that this girl was in a dark life but thats not an end to an american dream


psychokidd said...
Jan. 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm
awesome job!!! i love it, very powerful
linz23 said...
Jan. 9, 2010 at 11:39 pm
wow! tht makes u's rly good said...
Jun. 23, 2009 at 6:11 pm
that was defintely intense. people will stop and realize they are feeling the same thing when they read thi.
Senior09 said...
Jan. 7, 2009 at 6:30 am
This was really great!!! I loved it and it told the other side of things.
MattBringuier05 said...
Nov. 8, 2008 at 3:52 am
i really love The American Dream. i know exactly where you coming from its so true and you did a great job writing about it...
bulldog replied...
Mar. 3, 2010 at 8:06 am
you people have no idea what your talking about when it comes to the american dream
psychokidd replied...
Jan. 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm
i strongly disagree, the "american dream" is and idea, it can be interpreted differently to different people, maybe their idea of the "american dream" is just different from yours.
FunnyKid92 replied...
Sept. 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm
I am having some trouble defining a theme for this poem.
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