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Boy walks, nose-deep into small print
of a yellow book, zig-zags down treacherous
levels of stairs as if only his feet
sense his whereabouts and ankle-up
the kudzu, the other worlds enchanted

anchor him. He reads as if studying
atom splits, enamored with their
sleepwalking between two beings
while classmates dart in and out of lunch lines,
pounding on vending machines. His thumb

makes an even cut into a chapter,
folding over the neatly typed tale, bells sounding
in their wary come-back-boomerang whistle
and a fissure halves his eardrum, his eyelashes
fall apart to the fluorescent quilted ceiling flickering

chalk-like shadows sprawled out on the cafeteria floor
and things like chocolate milk seem filtered from
dream-Bible text and although he is grateful
to be where he is, although he is grateful to touch
on the familiar, he cannot fathom

his own reactions to the real-life stories
where plots confuse at the hand of his author and
resolution never comes. So impatiently he drags a chair
out from beneath a plastic table, picks up where
he left off, remembers his place.

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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ZeesrockThis 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. said...
Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm:
BOOKWORK 4 LIFE!!!WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
 
ZeesrockThis 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. replied...
Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm :
BOOKWORM**
 
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Michaela M. said...
May 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm:
great poem you captured every reades when writing this
 
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Blastdemon said...
Apr. 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm:

that was pointless

 

 
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AnimalLover2 said...
Apr. 11, 2012 at 10:11 pm:
That sounds a bit like me, always reading, and never minding what is going on around me. Wonderful poem!
 
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MissDarkCross said...
Jan. 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm:
I've gotten odd looks for wanting to read in class, or whenever I have a chance. Honestly, I don't care though. Life's turned to technology no one cares to read a good book anymore. :/ I love to read, I'll always read!
 
Michaela M. replied...
May 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm :
glad to know im not the only one anymore :)
 
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HiddenAngelInTheDark said...
Dec. 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm:
I'm a huge bookworm so I can relate in a way good work
 
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maraquette.koss said...
Sept. 26, 2011 at 9:21 am:
This is good but it's almost too much description. When reading this i was slowed down by the amount of words in each phrase
 
ManekiNeko replied...
Dec. 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm :
I think the amount of description slowing it down gives it a good flow and tempo.
 
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InTheSpiritOfRain said...
Sept. 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm:
For the point you are trying make, I find the description slightly tedious. Nevertheless well written. 
 
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ElleNicole said...
Jul. 22, 2011 at 10:33 am:

This is very good!

Uhh random question... why does everyone have a green VIP next to their screen names?

 
McKenzie J. replied...
Jul. 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm :
I know right. I saw that too. if you hover the cursor over it it explains, it makes you sound famous.
 
Tornado M. replied...
Mar. 20, 2012 at 10:13 pm :

 asked that too... but I never got an answer...

It's just really easy to become one. I joined like 4 days ago and I posted 1 poem, and I became a V.I.P really randomly... 

 
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ExpRESsY0uRselF said...
Jun. 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm:
Wow, this poem is so true! I'm also a bookworm, but you just described a boy from my school almost perfectly! :) Also, if anybody has time, please please please check out my poem, The Girl Inside! :) Thanks so much!
 
McKenzie J. replied...
Jul. 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm :
Only if you read mine!!! lol
 
ExpRESsY0uRse1F replied...
Jul. 26, 2011 at 7:43 pm :

lol ok

 

 
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justagirlwithsomepoetry said...
Apr. 25, 2011 at 6:24 pm:
im such a bookworm i walk a mile to my library and then a mile back, while carrying ten pounds of books :)
 
ExpRESsY0uRselF replied...
Jun. 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm :
Same here! :)
 
McKenzie J. replied...
Jul. 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm :
Hehe. I live a block from my library I never want to move!!  My Mom freaks when I come home with ten or twelve books in my hand!
 
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