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In The Brush

I stand in the field where I work,
The wheat is soft against my skin
I clasp a strand of that barely
in my hand,
but when I open my clenched fist
it is nothing but dust.
A voice says,
“Hide in the brush by the river, down in the brush by the river.”

I look down at my clumsily large feet,
mice scamper around them,
I reach down and catch one,
so small, it squirms, writhing violently
in my hand,
I don't want to hurt it
but a moment later it is still.
A voice says,
“Hide in the brush by the river, down in the brush by the river.”

I look across the field where I work,
I see a pretty face skipping toward me,
Beautiful, soft curls bouncing around it,
She stops just feet from me,
so I clasp that natural silk
in my hand,
but a look of shock runs across her visage
and she disappears amongst the wheat.
A voice says,
“Hide in the brush by the river, down in the brush by the river.”

I crouch in the brush by the river,
it scratches roughly into my skin.
I see my safety, my friend-
I feel smooth, cold metal-
“I hid in the brush by the river, I stayed in the brush by the river.”





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alunda2012 said...
Sept. 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm

ah ive read the book like this but i forgot the name >.< great detail youve got talent. read my stuff?

 

 
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 8, 2010 at 7:32 pm
I, also, read Of Mice and Men for school. I loved this poem and thought the repition of the lines had a great effect. Well done, your creative writing teacher must be wonderful.
 
Katie_Grey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 31, 2010 at 5:24 am
well, I don't understand why it repeated itself. my apologies for that.
 
. replied...
Aug. 31, 2010 at 8:28 pm
Are a lot of poems you write for school projects?
 
Katie_Grey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 31, 2010 at 8:31 pm
No, only two for my last school year were for projects. But since I'm taking a creative writing class this year, I have a feeling a lot more will be for school.
 
. replied...
Aug. 31, 2010 at 9:11 pm
ARe you looking forward to it?
 
Katie_Grey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 31, 2010 at 9:41 pm
yes. very much. I'm excited to take on the challenge and improve my writing. I know it will be difficult, but it will be fun :)
 
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