Instructions for the Substitute Me This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

April 25, 2008
You can do your Creative Writing during History,
your vocabulary during Creative Writing,
your Chemistry during English, and
your Algebra 2 as soon as you get it
(ignore the lesson and do the work).

Oh yeah, and don’t forget you promised
to write that next chapter for that friend
and proofread three pages for another,
edit and finalize this stack of papers for the one in North Carolina,
while doing that sketch for the one next door.

Even though you aren’t to use e-mail at school,
expect to come home to a full inbox,
as well as the private messages on three forums
and the TXTs on your poor, poor cell phone.

Wrap up today’s conversations using a variety of
phone calls on either the home phone or your cell
and those four instant messenger accounts you signed up for.

A few of the people you need to talk to are
a very freaked-out friend,
that person who was sick today,
your BFF who switched schools,
and probably one or two others as well.

To keep things quiet on the home front, make sure to
empty the dishwasher,
take out the trash,
move around the laundry,
clean your room,
and spend at least half an hour watching TV
(a.k.a. Family Time).

Oh, and when you get the chance,
update your website,
read a book or two,
do some free writing,
and, most important of all,
do your History homework,
after all,
you can’t do that in class.

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Wallflower This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 14, 2010 at 9:36 pm
haha i really liked how it ended.
sounds a stressful life. but one a lot of us can relate to these days.
Yvonne32 said...
Jan. 29, 2010 at 8:55 pm
This is very good! I like how it's so relatable to every day life, but definetly puts emphasis on the struggles. Great jod, and keep up the good work!
AMORETTE said...
Jan. 22, 2010 at 9:28 pm
i liked this alot, and in some ways, people could relate to that, i mean the busy part. sometimes i come up with awesome ideas during class and dont even pay any attention to the lesson. then coming home to the sink full of dishes, yet i have a but load of homework to do as well. i really liked it and would like to read more of your stuff.
boolklover said...
Jan. 4, 2010 at 11:22 am
I just loved it because it was different and fast paste unlike other poems and i honestly loved it..!!!!!!
Olivia H. said...
Aug. 3, 2009 at 11:52 pm
very nice style and voice :) favorite
despurlock This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 22, 2009 at 7:15 pm
i love it :) I esp. like the form =, it really stands out! I'd love it if you would check out some of my poems and comment. Thanks so much! And most of all...KEEP WRITING :D
tigeress3 said...
Jun. 3, 2009 at 10:04 pm
The busy life of the average teen! You captured it brilliantly! Well done!
BeccaBlue826 said...
May 9, 2009 at 4:40 pm
that was good... XD you rocked it...
Dream-Junkie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 2:33 am
Haha! I loved this absolutely!! It was well written
And the tempo was fast paced which worked well.
Mandi D. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 28, 2009 at 8:25 pm
this is really makes you think about how busy people are anymore, and it gives really good insight into your life.
d3nyM3nOt said...
Apr. 23, 2009 at 5:43 pm
oh i love it
almost_there said...
Apr. 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm
I really like this. It is very original and I find myself wishing I'd thought of something like this. Good work! said...
Apr. 18, 2009 at 7:40 am
thats was great!! your talented!!
explicit1 said...
Apr. 14, 2009 at 12:30 pm
FINALLY! an awesome poem on this site lol wow that was good you should check out my piece Unforgiven and comment ;)
Erin G. said...
Mar. 13, 2009 at 10:24 pm
This is the life of me and all my friends. Ah, high school.
sidewayspants said...
Mar. 4, 2009 at 8:10 pm
i like this.... tis awesome! perfect way of describing the hectic life of a student.
carrie A. said...
Feb. 17, 2009 at 4:23 am
i really like this! sounds like my day exactly :]
tweedle dee said...
Dec. 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm
like it!
UhOhxHeresxSUSIE said...
Dec. 29, 2008 at 10:06 pm
I really like this. I like how she wrote it. I think she wrote it more to explain to others what she has to go through everyday.
SarynJumail said...
Dec. 30, 2008 at 3:23 am
This was good... you told a lot about yourself by just writing a list of things you do. Nice job, keep up the good work!
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