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Looking out the window of my slow-moving car,
A scene soon catches my eye.

A young girl grasps her father’s hand as the slow-moving traffic carries on,
eyes filled with such admiration and hope.
There she goes running on the sidewalk,
carefree in the wind,
with pink ribbons dancing wildly in the air.
She turns and for a second I think she sees me
With round blue eyes that cut into my soul,
But she turned away faster than she even glanced
Leaving me feeling more alone than ever before.

It was there when I tried to grasp the reflection,
But it waned as a candle in the wind,
Flickering in the darkness
Dying against the strain of time.

I returned home tired and hopeless,
Reminiscing on swing sets and slides.
The sweet taste of innocence,
A time when pain was a skinned knee!

Nobody ever stops to think, This won’t last forever,
No child ever imagines one day they will be an onlooker,
Hearing voices in the distance,
Seeing shadows of their past.

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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6605clj said...
Dec. 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm:
Great organization of the events. I like how you described the little girl running to her dad. "There she goes running on the sidewalk, carefree in the wind with pink ribbons dancing wildly in the air." I picture the young girl running fast that the wind brushes against her hair. I dislike l. 11, because it lacked description.
 
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Shahed said...
Nov. 13, 2010 at 11:23 pm:

Good job is all i have to say!

I got the magazine today and this was on it i thought i wish i can tell how nice it is .. then here it is .. so heres my comment :)

 

Check out my work everyone!!

 
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D_Beauty said...
Nov. 13, 2010 at 8:27 am:
Every poem is not meant to rhyme. And by that, i thought this was great! I love the metaphores and stuff like that. Great work!
 
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Dani-Bug said...
Aug. 6, 2010 at 4:37 pm:
It was very good but as someone said before, it does seem unfinished. My poetry rarely rhymes, but that is just how I write.
 
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Peaches the Dancing Monkey! said...
Jun. 9, 2009 at 3:53 am:
I love the theme and concept, but it feels unfinished to me.
 
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lilmissbroadway44 said...
Sept. 19, 2008 at 11:06 pm:
I like the last line!
 
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stainglassheart. said...
Sept. 19, 2008 at 8:28 pm:
This is really really good, I wish I could write like you.
 
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lynnzi0o said...
Sept. 17, 2008 at 4:57 pm:
like this poem
 
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