Labels Are for Food Products This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

May 12, 2010
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Labels are for food products
A can of soup.
A person.
One deserves a label.
The other deserves a chance.

Nutrition Facts.
It starts with the initial judgment.
An overall size up.
Do I want to eat the soup or not?

The number of calories is the first thing you see.
The clothing, hair, and style.
He's in all black. Emo.
She's wearing the most expensive brand. Snob.

Then it goes to the Total Fat.
A judgment of the physical activity.
She's fat. Can't be friends with her.
She's too skinny. Must have an eating disorder.

Moving right along to the grams of sugar.
He's boring and keeps to himself. Not much energy.
She's bouncing off the walls, talking nonstop.
Can't be friends with them.

Now for the percent of daily calcium.
He got an A on his last test. Must be a nerd.
She got a C. Not her best work and she knows it.
But not good enough to be friends with.

You've read the whole label.
Well, at least you think you have.
Only thing you're missing: the ingredients.
The ingredients are the only things that matter.

Take the time to look past the label on the soup.
What's inside of it?
Because what's inside is what really matters.
After all, labels are for food products. Not people.

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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Saffy96 said...
Jul. 19, 2011 at 12:07 am
This was so great. I loved the whole metaphor and how you related each little piece of the label to a person. The ending rounded a poem off perfectly. Well done!
Saffy96 said...
Jul. 19, 2011 at 12:02 am
Wow - that was so brilliant. I loved the way you worked through the label and related each element and the ending rounded it off perfectly. Well done!
purpleink said...
Jul. 18, 2011 at 10:42 pm
This is so true!! I love it!
leafy This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 5, 2011 at 9:34 am
i love this poem so much! i'm using it for a poetry reading for english class
rloveswriting0011 said...
Mar. 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm

this poem is so true

i hate it when people judge before finding out about the person , i go to a high school where everyone judges everyone without knowning them , you never know you could mis out on an amazing friendship just because you jumped the gun and judged someone.

great* job !


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