Chalk Children This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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Children jump the hopscotch grid
They run it down to chalky dust
A fear-ridden city pumps beside them

Children run the chalk border
This is where they are
This is what they live for
Laughter in the gravelly macadam

Children two-step slowly home
As if the hopscotch grid
Pulls them back with
Full, tender eyes

Children reach their barren doorways
They linger at the frame
Hands dangle from limbs at doorknobs
They reach, turn, open

Children look in
They shut their eyes
Decadent houses swallow
Chalk memories
The power overwhelms them like their parents’ desire
To leave them behind

Children walk into their houses
Their boxed lives waiting

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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zhlen This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm

this was really really good

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SillyIndigoSea said...
Nov. 26, 2008 at 6:41 pm
oh my gosh. that was so very good. i loved the "rythm" and the themse of childhood. so true. so happy. so sad.
 
McGurker This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm
Up to the end it was incredibly strong, but you lost something at that point.
 
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