Magazine, website & books written by teens since 1989

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

Custom User Avatar
More by this author
Listen when the cars zoom over the street
They tell stories to the bits of gravel
They are embedded in. Their engines sing
Of all the places they’ve been, but just
Couldn’t stand to leave, so they take pieces
Of the past with them, until they make a mark
On the inside of their homes.
Outside, some are just declarations of ­allegiances that were
Popular enough to be mass produced and some
Are badges of pride and medals of honor slapped
On to adorn the metal armor.
Inside, some are blemishes left by forgotten one night
Stands, reminders for every once in a while
When the past can be seen in the cracked rear-
View mirror. Some are bits of nostalgia, dots
Of childhood and crayon that over time melted
Away into aged, lonely fabric.
But greater than the outward bruises and hearts
Worn on outdated sleeves are the thoughts
That fall and rise closest to the ground.
Some look like scars, where stray nails
Tried to find a home or make a friend
But no one ever wanted them, so they
Were pulled away, leaving a hole
Just so they would be remembered for
Once. And then there are places where the
Grooves have been worn away by rough
Highway tracks and dusty country paths
And memories of back home.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.





Join the Discussion


This article has 4 comments. Post your own!

CelebrateDifferencesThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
today at 6:59 pm:
The imagery is fantastic. Keep writing!!
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
legolas_elfThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Dec. 29, 2009 at 6:22 pm:
phenomenal job on this poem! I absolutely love it and how you took something like a highway and explored deeper meanings. great job! this is now on my favorites list
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
MoyruhJO This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 5, 2009 at 7:15 am:
Thank you very much :]
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
despurlock This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 29, 2009 at 1:59 am:
I love it!!! This is a really beautiful piece! Great job! I'm shocked that no one else has commented because this is really a phenomneal piece. Very deep! Keep it up!!!
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Site Feedback