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Wait, mister, don’t go,
Tell me,
Which way is home?

Nighttime has painted the street signs blind
To my eyes;
The highway rumbles
And headlights march along the road in lines.
They’re meant to hypnotize, I think.
Stop asking, I can’t stop mumbling!
They stapled my paper lips shut
So I wouldn’t chew my bit;
Plain speech might rip my face apart.

Mister, don’t go,
Show me the sidewalk that leads to home.

It’s a quarter past five.
I will patiently wait ’til nine,
While the moonflowers fold themselves
Like bleached towels,
And while vampire gangs prowl the hillside
As they stalk their last calls;
Hear them moan, hear their growls,
Because sunlight is coming
To eliminate the gloom
And illuminate the directions you gave me.

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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SaraSmiles said...
Dec. 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm
I love the beginning, however, I thought the ending kind of lost it's flow
 
GeekyChic said...
Jun. 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm
Good job i sorta got what you were talking about untill the part about the vampires
 
spency said...
Jun. 13, 2011 at 11:14 am
good job 5/5 visit me
 
Sumana2 said...
Feb. 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm
Ithink this poem should be among one of the most famously known poems. Just for its authenticity nad its beauty. Great work.
 
Homskllet said...
Aug. 9, 2010 at 10:00 am
That was really cool. Thank you for posting it.
 
mcpanicfanic said...
Apr. 20, 2010 at 2:32 am
Good job. Really good poem.
 
MorningStar15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm
the last part comfused me aboout the vamps and such, but i loved the opening
 
Peaceseeker said...
Jan. 27, 2009 at 10:23 pm
I really have no clue what your talking about but hey I liked it so good job!
 
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