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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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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
 
SilverLuna replied...
Jun. 4, 2010 at 9:08 am :
Thanks, and you caught on to what I was feeling when a wrote this...nostalgia. Haha, besides, isn't it great when you just have an ephiny right in the middle of everything and you have to just drop everything and write it down?
 
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. replied...
Jun. 5, 2010 at 9:37 am :
one of the reasons I like writing so much :)
 
DiamondsIntheGrass This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm :
what really sucks is that i usually get it right EXACTLy when im about to fall asleep.  at night, it seems absolutley brilliant, and then in the morning i dont remember the exact words and it just doesnt sound right.  but back to your poem, i thought it was cool ;)  repeated a little too much, but it was cool.
 
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. replied...
Aug. 13, 2010 at 8:34 pm :
wow! here i thought i was the only one who did that. i tried to keep a notebook by my bed for a while but that didnt last long
 
Emma H. replied...
Sept. 26, 2010 at 12:07 pm :
Lolz, I do that too...it especially happens when I say to myself "I'm gonna go sleep early tonight" and then I get my best ideas. I really like this poem, it contrasts childish ideas with mature phrases well.
 
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sparkofheart said...
Apr. 30, 2010 at 9:54 pm:
wow awesome imagery i loved it! great great work!
 
SilverLuna replied...
May 5, 2010 at 4:34 pm :
Thanks, I really apreciate that! I'll try to check out some of your work too!
 
sparkofheart replied...
May 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm :
thanks! lol its still pending but check it out in a week or two if youre still interested :)
 
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