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Growing Old This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

She sits and lives on
In a room, somewhere
With a doorknob that collects dust
In a nursing home that doesn't have
bingo night
And a son who stopped trying
To get her to pick up her phone.

And a year of silence now between them
She sits with words
Ready to attack
At the sound of any compassion,
And a closed mind
Marinated with her thoughts,
Where they bloom into wild,
Unruly thorn-bushes.

Until one day, the service boy
Interrupts the woman's mealtime
To find her all alone, dead.

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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beautifulspiritThis 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...
today at 7:16 am:
What a harsh look into the lives of the elderly---it has interesting language, I could see the unruly thorn bushes in my mind.
 
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