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Nineteen years old
Private catholic college
Wishing I was Ginsberg
Writing Howl
With the angel-headed hipsters
Listening to jazz

Nineteen years old
Wearing Nike sneakers
Wishing I was Dylan
Writing songs
Wearing boots of Spanish leather
Smoking cigarettes

Nineteen years old
Waiting on the weekend
Wishing I was Holden
Leaving this
For the streets of New York City
Watching carousels

Nineteen years old
Cincinnati suburbs
Wishing I was Lincoln
Freeing slaves
Saying we will live forever
Or die by suicide

Nineteen years old
All my friends around me
Wishing I was Charlie
Writing letters
Sticking my head out in the tunnel
Feeling Infinite

Nineteen years old
Standing in a city
Wishing I was Vernon
In a Cabin
Writing thick falsetto poems
Come on skinny love

Nineteen years old
Healthy, Happy, Living
Wishing I was Treplev
Shooting seagulls
And living unrequited
Six feet under ground

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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