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hanging out
that’s what we do
pondering glory and greatness,
drinking nostalgia from a plastic cup

that clock ticks,
that song plays,
cross our t’s and dot our i’s
play fast and loose
eagerly feel up life

say we won’t look back,
but do it when we think no one’s looking

slip, swallow, sing, startle, emerge
try our very hardest to be unique

and close our eyes so tight
that the blackness deepens around us

make our bodies a smile,
open, and begin again.



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SamEieio said...
Mar. 5, 2010 at 1:08 am
This poem evokes such strong visual images. It is beautiful in its simplicity and thought provoking in its universality of subject. I can see a young girl living these words as well as sharing the feelings myself, long, long after I have left my teen years behind. Beautifully done!
 
Nancee said...
Mar. 4, 2010 at 8:13 pm
Thank you Maddie for sharing your profound and deep insight in such beautiful way.
 
vt1944 said...
Mar. 4, 2010 at 1:15 am
this is very deep writing of amazing originality and creativity. Bravo Maddie!
 
12..you know who said...
Mar. 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm
this is so epicly amazing.
 
maddiealanlee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 3, 2010 at 7:52 pm
thank youuu!!
 
ariana.finn replied...
Mar. 3, 2010 at 8:41 pm
Beautiful!!!! absolutely amazing. very true.
 
yashir said...
Mar. 3, 2010 at 12:11 am
this is BEAUTIFUL
 
maddiealanlee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 3, 2010 at 12:13 am
why thank you yashir
 
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