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

Backstage we are reminded
To smile and then we will shine,
A precious shine that catches the eyes of the audience,
Like the glitter which is sewn into our costumes
Clings to our flat-ironed hair
And is swept over our butterfly eyelids.
Maybe if I inhale deeply enough
Before I am swept onstage,
I will absorb the glitter from every nook and cranny,
Guiding it down into the inner workings of my lungs,
So that it can be pumped through my tired veins
To the structure which keeps me moving.
And maybe if all my blood is replaced with glitter,
Everyone would notice how I shine
And they'd pay attention to the marvelous girl
Who breathes specks of pixie dust
And leaves a trail of diamonds behind her.
Maybe then the smile plastered on my face
Would become a part of my daily routine
And I would become a beautiful dancer,
Because no one can ignore such an eye-catching display of movement
And maybe then I will never be forgotten
By breathing glitter into their hearts.
Maybe then such a memory of grace will stay alive
Long after I am gone.

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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ElleNicole said...
Jul. 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm

This is really good... one of my faves, I can relate!

Check out my poem, 'Change'?

 
Danica said...
Aug. 27, 2010 at 8:16 pm
I absolutely love this! It's so creative, and your imagery is amazing. Great job :)
 
xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm
thank you! i apprecciate the feedback =]
 
Marlyre This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 24, 2010 at 9:52 pm
beautiful... its going on my favs! i totally understand about being onstage and wishing that could translate into my life sometimes...
 
xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 24, 2010 at 10:28 pm
Thank you so much I'm flattered! I go on stage once a year for my dance recital haha so I guess that's what inspired this in a way.
 
hello.peaches This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 24, 2010 at 4:00 pm

beautiful. i loved the imagery. some critique, try using other words for glitter.

great job :]

 
xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 24, 2010 at 6:07 pm
thank you! and yeah I agree haha about the glitter thing =]
 
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