Hand Me Downs This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

March 26, 2011
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I believe
In the simple quality
Of old-fashioned

Gently worn,
Previously purchased,
Vintage material
Hanging on the rack

Used and worn through,
No longer wanted.
Grown out of,
No longer needed.

Each piece withholds
In its weathered fabric
Stories to tell with pages to fill
From an unfinished novel.

Passed down through generations
From person to person
Living memories,
Creating lives.

Tear-stained necklines,
Stretched out sleeves
With faded elbows,
Holes strewn along the sides.

Painful memories
From previous owners.
Oblivious and unaware
Are the new possessors.

Happy thoughts and smiles arise
When a new body fits the attire
Thinking, if only they knew
What these clothes contained.

Washed out and lackluster,
These favorite pieces
Have found their way
To the recycle bin.

Perpetually stuck in a vicious circle
That we call the system,
Who will believe in the simplicity
Of hand-me-downs?

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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Supernova7 said...
Jan. 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm
I love this poem! Great job:) Please check out my work:)
LaceeJade This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 14, 2012 at 7:01 pm
Wow, I bet you never have writers block. You got all of that out of Hand-Me-Downs. Very Impressive!
Ahmad-Mobeen replied...
Jan. 15, 2012 at 8:28 am
Really Great! =D
IamtheshyStargirl said...
Dec. 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm
I love secondhand clothing for many reasons, and in many ways. I'm not so sure this poem needs to be a warning, as it almost seems to be from the author's comment, so much as a shining tribute held so that those who disdain secondhand, recycled clothing may be brought to the light. Thanks for writing this :) I am so very glad it was published in the magazine.
darkwriternisi said...
May 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm
I Love This :) ALOT 
SergSG94 said...
May 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I think it's great! This really shows how much meaning a simple piece of clothing can have, i mean you never know how many powerful memories and emotions,whether they be good or bad, the previous owner had with that particular piece of clothing.

I look forward to reading more from you. So keep on writing! :D And thank you for the awesome feedback in the forums!

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