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These words come from the pen
Of a suburban white girl
With blonde hair
Blue eyes
And family roots that can be traced right down to
The pilgrims in Jamestown and
No story to tell
Or turbulent past or
Mountains I’ve climbed.
These words come from a mouth
That has always been fed
That’s been rimmed in lipstick
Pinched, polished, and tweaked
By dentists in white coats
Into a perfect fake smile.
These words come from the eyes
That have never seen pain
Aside from the occasional lost dog sign
(and it tugs at my heart but
I never cry)
These words come from a body
That’s been AC’d into ignorance.
And I’ve lived in your “greener grasses”
In your “upper half”
That’s been pampered and massaged and
Worked out by the finest trainers
And tanned on foreign beaches..
A mind that had everything it could want
And everything I could need
While I slap myself to feel anything
Any pain,
Because maybe
These words come from a soul
That’s a lot worse off
Than yours.



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Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 28, 2010 at 12:53 am
i love this captain, and i love the ending. so you're rich but you're not happy. people get that, and for the same reason people with no money seem happy considering. dont be fooled captain, just remember, people dont say what they mean.
 
hannahbee7 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 11, 2010 at 7:38 pm
People can be foolish, I know. Some people at school were yelling at me when I was upset, saying "What right do you have to be upset, you're rich?" and it just made me mad.
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 11, 2010 at 10:43 pm
just say that idiots like them give you the right because you dont like ignorant people. ...not very mature, I know.
 
love2run said...
Jun. 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm
Great job :) I know what you mean, money doesn't buy happiness. Though I come from a family with hardly enough money, I appreciate what I have earned even more.
 
hannahbee7 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 11, 2010 at 7:39 pm
I think the more money you have, the worse off you are sometimes. I've seen many happy marriages destroyed by too much career success. 
 
love2run replied...
Aug. 11, 2010 at 9:54 pm
Definitely. I guess sometimes work starts to seem more important than family, just because of the money.
 
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