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Surrounded by Smoke This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

I am fifteen
my cat is almost four
and the books I can't live without
are still overdue
at the library
how come everything that tastes good
makes you fat
what if tomorrow
always comes too soon
and the smoke outside my window
won't go away

I have to learn to keep my mouth shut
when they don't actually want to know
what I have to say
my head is throbbing
suppose I left behind
something more than the posters on my wall
maybe even something as big
as a legacy?
my headache isn't ceasing
I can't see clearly
and the smoke outside my window
won't go away

Nobody ever stops to speak
for those who have no voice
I should have tried out for the volleyball team again
they made me captain my first year
why do I have to
be the one
everyone expects to succeed
I have no answers for their questions
will I become the person
I want to be
and the smoke outside my window
won't go away

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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TheMoonStillFollowsMeThis 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...
Dec. 15, 2013 at 1:28 pm:
This poem has a subtle beauty to it that leaves me feeling breathless. I loved this...raw emotion. Beautiful. Beautiful. Congrats on getting published! You deserved it.
 
WhittyKittyThis 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. replied...
Dec. 16, 2013 at 12:19 am :
Thank you so much! Being published was a great surprise, I actually didn't know this was going to be published until I actually came across it in the magazine! 
 
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