P.O. Box 2574 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Dear Life,
Thanks a lot.
Thanks for computer crashes and plane crashes,
for dirty feet and dirty minds, for cold weather and
cold mothers. Thanks for protein bars that taste like s--t.
But thanks as well for small talk with strangers in the
Express lane at Ralph’s, thank you for pomegranate
chapstick and cherry sarcasm. Thanks for being
a dime short of my favorite brand of chips at the
vending machine, thanks for loud chewers.
Thank you for obnoxious relatives who ask where
you’re going to college or what career you’ve picked
when all you want to do is lie in bed and watch
reruns of “Full House” and “I Love Lucy.” Thanks for
the last seat free on the subway. Thanks for cheap
knockoffs of designer jeans. But most of all, Life,
thank you for the 1:1 ratio of real thanks and no thanks.
Thanks a lot.

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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laurensoccer This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 28, 2012 at 7:49 am
I love your humor and I think it fits well with this poem. This is agreat piece of work ,and your light humor really shines through.
soldierx said...
Jan. 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm
Haha, i like this! This made me laugh. It's very true though. Nice sense of humor :))
BillyMay said...
Jan. 6, 2012 at 11:34 am
I like the humor and slightly sarcastic tone of this poem. However, as the reader, I did not feel that it was very organized. I think it would have been better if it had been organized with all of the things that you dont like about life together, followed by all of the things that you do like about life, instead of them being mingled together and constantly going back and forth between the two.
OceanFey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 23, 2011 at 11:26 am
I love the colloquial tone of this poem. It fits well with the title!
Lexie96 said...
Oct. 23, 2011 at 7:08 pm
Great job! You turned something really simple into something very beautiful that read amazingly as the person below me stated. If you or anyone else could check out some of my work that would be great! Please?
clunt13 said...
Oct. 10, 2011 at 10:58 pm
bravo, i REALLY like something about this but just can't put my finger on it. I realllllly enjoyed your near paragraph form of consistently long lines, i find it unsual but thats what i liked most about this, it reads smoothly
clunt13 replied...
Oct. 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm
which lord knows what the difficult and laborious task it is to get a poem to read fluidly
xxtennis13xx said...
Oct. 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm
It's awesome that simple everyday things like chapstick and protein bars can be made into something beautiful. Great Job!
CourteneyTOXICITY said...
Oct. 10, 2011 at 7:51 am
Fantastic! Keep writing!!
Lola_Black said...
Aug. 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm
I love it! It's so emotional, not holding anything back. Keep writing!
bEllAhOPe said...
Aug. 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm
Reminding us all to be thankful people- I admire that. I was expecting a mystic piece, given the unique title. I did enjoy it. Nice work.
TAR11 said...
Jul. 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm
I like it.  Please check out my poems From the Hilltop and Anonymous' Inferno. 
yousaypotato... said...
Jul. 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm
wow. that really good. what does the title mean?
MidnightSol said...
Jul. 4, 2011 at 10:57 am
Keep writing!  Please!
MendTheBrokenx3 said...
May 20, 2011 at 11:16 am

Very Relatable.

I Love It. c:

Keep Up The Good Work! :D

Reigyn said...
May 12, 2011 at 5:19 pm
amazing piece. I love how relateable it is. Good job!
colette.omelette This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 9, 2011 at 10:15 pm
I like how candid this is :)
AnimalGirl said...
May 9, 2011 at 11:33 am
this is so true and so well writen, i love it! good job!
kaykay101 said...
May 9, 2011 at 11:04 am
This is amazing and so true! Great job:)
jocyLOL said...
May 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm
I love it :D it is so honest that it's kinda funny "protein bars that taste like s--t"
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