High School This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

June 19, 2010
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She leans against the bathroom wall
A Sharpie-marked legacy in the stall
She doesn't bother to brush away the tears that fall

To the red plastic cup, he puts his lips
The smell is odd, and the taste bitter,
Yet he still takes a sip
The party is too crowded, the music too loud
But a small price he must pay, to remain with this crowd

She gathers her books
Forgetting how much they weigh
Five tests and a quiz, all in one day
A yawn overcomes her, without any warning
Fell asleep on her binder, at three in the morning
She heads down to guidance,
To solve application strife
But will college credits get her a life?

He looks at him
And his heart skips a beat
Their fingers intertwine
But they must be discreet
Would the rainbow pin on his shoulder,
Make him feel bolder,
And allow their lips to meet?

They say that high school
Is the best four years of your life
But it takes the world you once knew
Cuts it with a knife
He said, she said
The pressure builds up
President, Geek, Jock, Druggie, Freak
The teachers read straight out of the book
People talk, people hear
Don't want to see when they look
Tears fall
The truth is released
People stand, people care
The grade comes back
And the red pen is there
She was right, he was wrong
Like the lyrics to that song
The conscience that I used to know
Lurks behind, in the shadows
We forget who we are
And the choices that we make
Some give up, some go far
It's the path that you take
Some get another chance, another shot
It's the only hope we've got
Find light in the hall, or the senior parking lot
It's rare
No one said it was fair.

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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CarolynQ said...
Apr. 23, 2011 at 7:53 pm
Mmmm this is music to my ears- must say this is the best piece I've heard. So deep and real and I have to admit you did a great job portraying that :)
citylights58 said...
Apr. 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm
this really cool and truthful! love it!
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