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I read because I like the way it tastes.
The nutty crunch of a hard “k,”
the lemon-like, breathy whisper of an “s.”
I think of myself as a connoisseur of
phonetic flavors.
When a poem flows right off my tongue,
the sweet, cool taste is tangible.
Words leave tastes in my mouth.
I carry on throughout the rest of my day
while the flavors linger.
My mind cannot escape,
paralyzed by the richness of a classic,
the garlic of a tragedy.
Eloquent consonants stick between my teeth,
delicate vowels melt on my tongue.
I wonder if others can taste it too,
the smooth icing and sparkling sprinkles
of a light beach read.
The intoxication after something so powerful
it leaves you dizzy.
Sometimes my words do not taste right.
I cannot swallow what I've written,
the words fall flat and bland back on my plate.
I strive to write something so scrumptious
that it can replace dessert.
Something so filling
dinner is no longer needed.
For now, I will experiment.
Blend my ideas with recipes that others have written
in a bowl so big that mistakes cannot be tasted.

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

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the September 2012 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.





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ImaginedangerousThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 12, 2012 at 6:35 pm:
Wow! Wonderfully whimsical and yet perfectly realistic- great work. :)
 
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jruth said...
Jan. 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm:
Love your detailed descriptions, very fun to read!
 
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ClaireElisabeth:) said...
Jan. 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm:
OMG Susannah this is amazing! You are quite the poet! :)
 
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Mayatheamazon said...
Jan. 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm:
This is beautiful, it makes me feel like a synesthete!
 
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ceccec said...
Jan. 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm:
Wow this was a great poem!!!!! very inspiring
 
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liagirl123 said...
Jan. 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm:
THIS WAS THE MOST AMAZING THING I'VE EVER READ
 
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