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for so long the words would
straight from my mind
through my fingers
onto the paper
barely contained
by those parallel blue lines.

now the words stumble.
confused, they have trouble
even walking now,
let alone grapevine.

I imagine them getting lost
within me.
bumping against the walls of
my head,
my chest,
like the lights are turned off
but they aren’t.

when they do find their way
through that labyrinth
that maze
they emerge as alphabet soup,
completely and utterly

I’ve tried to close
my eyes and reach
tried to pull off their
and push them,
shove them,
drag the words
with my pointer finger
in the right direction.
but they don’t seem to

maybe I should try
dance lessons.

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M_IML This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm
Wow! I love this... I don't think I've seen something describing the movement of words that I liked so much before, it's usually very difficult - at least for me - to describe something like this without being even just a little bit cliched... truly beautiful!! Keep it up ;-)
Anonymous_7 said...
Jan. 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm
This is awesome! I love how the words dance. Keep up the good work!
alexb42621 said...
Jan. 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm
This is very unique. I like how you incorporate your life style in your description. I always think it's fascinating how a sports player will use sports as a metaphor, and you used dance. (: Keep up the good work and I hope to see your other ones!
mirandablack16 said...
Jan. 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm
This is very good. When you write, you don't just write about what you see. You write with a lot of emotion. Loved it! (:
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