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

September 3, 2008
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I pick up the snow globe,
and begin to shake it around.
I look at the sparkly particles,
soaring slowly all over the place.
The particles gently drift back down to the ground.
I turn it over,
and twist the little knob.
The Christmas tune begins to play.
It all looks and sounds so perfect.
So peaceful.

Yet it only lasts so long.
Less than a minute,
and it all ends.
I hear silence, and see the particles lying on the ground.
My finger begins to tap on the glass,
and it makes an annoying sound.
Nothing like the pleasant Christmas tune.
I begin to realize the heaviness of the globe,
weighing my hand down greatly.
It is all too much for me to handle,
and as I let go,
the snow globe crashes to the floor.
I am left with shattered pieces of glass,
And a mixture of water and sparkly particles lying on the floor.

It amazes me,
how something that seems so perfect,
could look so broken in a matter of seconds.

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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cjfantastic2002 said...
Jan. 28, 2016 at 2:17 pm
J.A.L. said...
Oct. 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm
The narrative kept me in a trance. Great job. Simple, too. 
HumeraThahur said...
Jul. 16, 2014 at 7:24 am
Such a delicate and poised use of words... Beautifully realistic poem!
writerauter said...
Aug. 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm
10/5 i really like this peice. i love how you talked about the snow globe, it made sence and was fun to read. thankyou so much for this.  plzdont ever stop writing!!!=)
xximjustmexx said...
Jun. 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm
5/5. What you wrote down in this poem describes exactly what I did just a few minutes ago. I picked up my snowglobe, shook it, and thought exactly what you wrote in the last verse. I was going to write a poem about it, but you already did. Two great minds think alike, I guess.
spency said...
Jun. 13, 2011 at 11:12 am
5/5 this is really nice...visit me
pmonarca said...
Feb. 23, 2011 at 10:50 pm
I like how you captured the delicate balance of life through something so small.  Amazing poem and great ending.  Keep writing!
CRAZYcubanSOLE replied...
Aug. 18, 2011 at 8:46 pm
I agree I really liked it.
Sumana2 said...
Feb. 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm
 Love the last verse.
Lonewolf1213 said...
Jan. 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm
LOVE IT! So cool; I love the whole thing. Awesome job!
mang9write said...
Oct. 14, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Absolutely loved the ending, made everything come together and make simple, but perfect sense.

I know the feeling.;

apurplechick said...
Oct. 14, 2010 at 8:25 am
simply said this is a beautiful poem!!
Brooklynn said...
Jun. 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm
i really liked this and it makes alot of sense of how the world is today and how everything seems so perfect one minute and the next could be a total disaster, but people still sugarcoat it... i loved it and you should def keep writing!
daltonwaynemartin replied...
Jan. 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm

i totally agree with your opinion on the poem "fragile".and that's exactly how our world is and how people put things these days.


messyjessi1208 said...
Apr. 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm
I really like this one. for some odd reason, it reminds me of the snow globe in "The Lovely Bones" I have no idea why.
mcpanicfanic said...
Apr. 20, 2010 at 2:31 am
Oh my god. This is awesome! That last line is really really deep.
jeanwolf said...
Jan. 23, 2010 at 7:03 pm
There are no words to say that would tell you how much i loved this poem.
Anonymous This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 13, 2009 at 11:53 pm
wow. perfection. i tried to write a poem like that about a snowglobe earlier, it was impossible. you caugh tthe feeling perfectly. thanks
HumeraThahur replied...
Jul. 16, 2014 at 7:24 am
Same with me..
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