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I’m accustomed to nice things,
Like purple ribbons and blue balloons.
He crept up during the night,
With flashing lights and silver spoons.
A good night combed my hair straight through,
But it left the comb twisted and tangled.
He’s always watching from the corner,
The corner’s watching from an angle.
He tempts me with glimpses of dusk,
Hoping that I’ll take a long walk.
He’s betting I’ll have a nervous breakdown,
But my breakdowns refuse to talk.
The shadows often come to spy out the land,
Sometimes I can even hear them creeping.
They know the sunshine can’t reach the garden,
And they know the vegetables are full of secrets.
They tried to catch me on a spaghetti night,
But I knew it all too good and well.
The windows and doors sealed themselves shut,
And my sweet tomatoes will never tell.
I see him peeking through a window,
But I don’t find his looks intimidating,
Because my eyes are also a glowing bright red,
And the weight on my shoulders is twice as heavy.
My soul set out like an armed navy ship,
Refusing to suffer such a shameful defeat.
My soul crushed like an armed navy ship,
Under the weight of his massive seas.



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DreamWriter15 said...
Jun. 11, 2010 at 7:28 pm
I think this is very artful, but a bit like a dream.  And that's strange, because it's kind of hard to write a dream, since they're just dreams and very hard to put into reality.  But you've done it quite nicely.  I love it!
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 11, 2010 at 10:46 pm
i know exaclty what you said captain. i was giving you the french equivalent and mocking you at the same time.
 
DreamWriter15 replied...
Aug. 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm
Ahhh....artfully done, Boosflash...artfully done...
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 12, 2010 at 6:11 pm
i know right?
 
DreamWriter15 replied...
Aug. 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm
Haha, do you know how many times I've heard that now that school's started??
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 14, 2010 at 3:51 pm
i never say that. school started? where do yuo live? oh wait...thats right...
 
DreamWriter15 replied...
Aug. 16, 2010 at 11:37 am
School started Wednesday of last week for us.  Not for you?
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm
she said it starts next monday. haha, very funny. ( i had no idea) i didnt even know when my birthday was.
 
DreamWriter15 replied...
Aug. 17, 2010 at 11:42 am
Wow, that sucks.  But what's really sad is when your Mom says you can't get a job till you turn sixteen, and then says "But you'll be turning sixteen in the middle of September, so marching band'll be over by then..." and you go "Mom....I don't turn sixteen in the middle of September..."
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm
very nicely done captain. I'm sorry to read that. do you have a publix or winn dixie there? you can work there at 14.
 
DreamWriter15 replied...
Aug. 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm
AHHHH!  Public...Win Dixie...we lived within walking distance of a Win Dixie, and Public had balloons!!  I remember!!  Now you make me think of Salad Garden, Bonos, Cici's Pizza, and Adventure Landing!   Memories......we don't have those here....way out in the Boonies we got JC and Dollar General.....boohoo for 15-year-olds across the county...
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm
where are you captain?
 
DreamWriter15 replied...
Aug. 19, 2010 at 10:45 am
Hm.....I thought I'd already answered this...?
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 19, 2010 at 11:45 am
i meat where are you as in why cant i load the second page of comments. but i got it now. hello captain.
 
DreamWriter15 replied...
Aug. 19, 2010 at 8:31 pm
I'm not in Florida, that's for sure.
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 19, 2010 at 9:04 pm
the following thursday Boos released the following stament to the public: ".........."
 
DreamWriter15 replied...
Aug. 20, 2010 at 9:48 pm
I live in Indiana.  Dreamflash throws mike at Boos and stomps away.
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 20, 2010 at 11:29 pm
Boosflash considers counseling for thy and dreamy weamy, but then reconsiders when boos realizes that thy has just been thrown at. "hey...wait a minute...."
 
DreamWriter15 replied...
Aug. 22, 2010 at 11:03 am
Say wha...?
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm
I wanted to resolve this issue but I've reconsidered seeing as how I've just been thrown at.
 
DreamWriter15 replied...
Aug. 22, 2010 at 10:28 pm
...I was trying to go with your flow...
 
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