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I remember when it was cool
To write with Sharpie on your shoe.
To let the ink stain your pants
With a heart of frivolous innocence.
Stupid things that we liked to think
Meant we were forever linked.
Hearts were popular—a simple mark—
Un-recordable up on the charts.
Back-packs laced with safety pins
Pinning closed what was within.
I remember when it was cool
To write with Sharpie on your shoe.
We used to laugh and joke around
As if we weren’t residents of the lost and found.
To draw a mark that looked so neat
You wanted to get it permanently inked.
When pants with holes were all the rage—
I remember that silly phase.
Do you reminisce about what was the point of all this?
Self expression I liked to think—
But weren’t we all wrapped up in it?
I still remember when it was cool
To write with Sharpie on your shoe.
Converse plain, white toe,
Such an empty place—like a hole.
I still wear the canvas shoes
Sometimes I even think of you.
All of us were so closely linked by the
Indelible marker on our feet.
I remember when it was cool
To write with Sharpie on you shoe.
Lyrics of our favorite songs
Scribbled on the sides and tongues.
Our preferences passed with growing distance—why did we ever think it wasn’t stupid?
But it was a time capsule we carried around,
Something that could never be buried in the ground.
They tread where we tread,
They never stumbled tripped or fell.
We were the ones destined to be
The ones who stumbled and fell to a knee.
We were the ones that drew those marks
Even though they were just stupid hearts.
I’ll never forget when it was cool
To write with Sharpie on your shoe.




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SummerIndigoThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jun. 7, 2013 at 6:07 pm:
This is really good! I like the rhyme and slow, easy rhythm.
 
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hollowfirefly said...
Oct. 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm:
I really like your poems and was wondering if you would read my posts... Thank You :)
 
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Atrissa This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm:
its amazing :) hehe i still draw on everything, im just too broke to buy sharpies X) its funny tho caus i draw on everything except my shoes caus the marching band teacher would literally shoot me if i marched in less than perfect white shoes :)
 
SilverLuna replied...
Dec. 22, 2011 at 10:35 am :
YAY! A fellow-bandie! Thank you!
 
Atrissa This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 22, 2011 at 11:25 am :
I didn't know you were a bandie, luna! :O what do you play???
 
SilverLuna replied...
Dec. 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm :
I am!! Clarinet!! What about you?!!
 
Atrissa This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm :
I ply the flag, and the rifle. And violin on the side...but yep, a guardie :) and I just finished my rookie year
 
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pinkowlThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Nov. 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm:
this reminds me of when i would draw on all my stuff, aww, it's so cute and flows really well! keep up the good work!
 
SilverLuna replied...
Nov. 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm :
Thanks very much(: It's admittedly not my best work but, *shrug* It's something.
 
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Lexie96 said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm:
That was amazing, and I remember those days, too. I love this poem! Think you could spare a few minutes and check out mine sometime?
 
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Thorn said...
Aug. 24, 2011 at 11:46 am:
That...was...incredible. I can hardly say I read it. It's more like it read me. It had this sorta intangible flow that kinda just kept going and going, not stopping until it was inside of me. Thank you, Luna! :)
 
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teeninkwriterThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Apr. 19, 2011 at 10:16 am:
This poem is amazing in one word. The repitition wasnt too much, it added to the poem. Plz keep writing:)
 
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hold.me.still..899 said...
Oct. 9, 2010 at 8:26 am:
this was a koool interesting poem!! i liked it!! :)))
 
SilverLuna replied...
Oct. 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm :
Why thank you!(: I'll check out some of your work to return the favor!
 
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ThatClarinetPerson said...
Sept. 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm:
heh heh. this made me ssssssmile :)))))))
 
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Azalea said...
Aug. 14, 2010 at 6:47 pm:
Your writing is so beautiful, your words just flow. I really like it :)
 
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Just_Ginger said...
Aug. 9, 2010 at 6:26 pm:

I love this. It totally reminds me of when I used to do that. (:

Keep writing!!

 
SilverLuna replied...
Aug. 10, 2010 at 1:53 pm :
Thanks to both Just_Ginger and Natashajeanne, it's good to know that other's can relate!
 
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natashajeanne1021 said...
Aug. 5, 2010 at 3:00 am:
wow totally love this! it reminds me of me and my friends "back in the day" lol
 
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notebookgirlThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jun. 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm:
i absoluetly love it when an idea hits me in history class, makes the day so much more interesting. but on to you, i thought your piece was really sweet its kind of fun when you find something that reminds you of the silly things you used to do
 
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