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Sometimes I walk barefoot in my dreams.
Dig my toes in the sands
of my childhood.

Run my fingers through the silk creases
of a pink nightgown
that sticks to my thighs
in the hot summer air
as I lie on a stripped mattress.
Twisted sheets and bare feet wilting over the sides of the bed frame,
as the moon dances on my calves
and sends butterfly kisses through the metal screen of the window.

And I’ll slide off these imperfect linens,
pink silk and long limbs pouring over.
And ten toes will kiss the floorboards in turn
in this sticky August heat
that makes the space between my wing bones glisten
with sweat.

I’ll mix myself a drink
from the streetlight glow that floods my bedroom
and the dew that I’ve collected on the soles of my feet,
from walking so far

on these unmarked roads
in the neighborhood of my imagination.
Where the stop signs whisper “go,” and the
traffic lights hang limp and empty-faced
from their metal hinges.
I’ll run wild-eyed.
And dangerous.
As the authorities take a siesta in the recesses of my mind,
bundled up with blankets in the corners of my skull.

And sometimes I run barefoot in my dreams,
my legs stretching
across my thoughts.

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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AlexisNicole822 said...
Jan. 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm:
I honestly love the ending. "And sometimes I run barefoot in my dreams, my legs stretching across my thoughts." That was amazing. The whole thing was beautiful, but that ending was the best. I loved it.
 
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julywinters1226 said...
Nov. 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm:
very good,like the desciptive details.:)
 
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spitfire213 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 12, 2011 at 3:29 pm:
I really loved the vivid description. I could see every detail.
 
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BitterSweet1993 said...
Mar. 18, 2011 at 8:14 am:
Amazing. <3
 
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aDreamer said...
Sept. 6, 2010 at 2:09 am:

really pretty:) really great. i love it.

read some of mine? :)

 
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AllayAlaneLarlly said...
Jun. 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm:
Great, i love it! (:
 
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AndThisIsReal This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 9, 2010 at 6:27 am:
This had wonderful imagery, but not only was it written well, it was lovely and reminiscent. Please, feel free to read/ comment my work. :)
 
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mimibby said...
Mar. 28, 2010 at 4:12 pm:
this peom touched meh beeply in my heart n soul
 
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babygurlmimi said...
Mar. 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm:
ooooo i love this peom
 
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Deverie♥ said...
Dec. 12, 2009 at 8:39 pm:
AMAZING...
 
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thesilverrose said...
Dec. 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm:
Love the poem. Is it alright if I post it on my blog on BarlowGirl?
 
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<3::wish4wings::<3 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 18, 2009 at 12:45 pm:
this is probably my favorite poem ever!! absolutely amazing imagery, and i could see the whole thing as i read it in my mind. super:)
 
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kianapearl.. said...
Feb. 28, 2009 at 11:55 pm:
Gah! the most amazing poem i've ever read...is it okay if i post this on my myspace??? lol.
 
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rayyofsun1513 said...
Jan. 23, 2009 at 1:16 am:
I love how it was so vivid i could see everything in my head as i read along. wonderfull captivation:)
 
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kianapearl said...
Dec. 19, 2008 at 4:57 am:
Wow. I think your poem is breathtaking in every way. I thought I was an okay writer until I read this... You go, girl!
 
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i hate the phone.. but i wish you'd call.. said...
Oct. 23, 2008 at 7:45 pm:
i liked it..
 
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amazed person said...
Oct. 21, 2008 at 3:51 pm:
wow that is the best writing i have read in ages
 
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blowwnawaytoday said...
Oct. 13, 2008 at 4:54 am:
this poem is absolutely gorgeous. its so carefree and light as a feather, very different from the poundings and "poeticness" of some of the other poems here. i loved it! and i usually hate poems because they sound cheesy so thats saying a lot! keep up the good work!
 
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rajnit said...
Oct. 11, 2008 at 3:22 am:
This is a very captivating poem. Amazing use of metaphors and language in general. I love it.
 
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