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

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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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epingel said...
Sept. 30, 2009 at 3:12 pm
I very much liked this piece, I read books all the time and find it really enjoyable. I like how you said how "the other words enchanted him" I enjoy fantasy books too. A lot of people wont get how good books really are because they think they're weird or nerdy that only geeks read; I actually prefer books over movies and TV because you can imagine the character for yourself.
dylonmichael replied...
Oct. 1, 2009 at 8:46 am
i agree 100% right now i am reading ink heart and it is getting good next i am going to read the last of the Eragon series i've read all the twilights (own the last one) and the harry potter series (own them all) and then after that i dont know what i am going to do
Jazzzy517 replied...
Oct. 22, 2009 at 8:42 am
i read that book... its AMAZING!!!
it only took me 3 days.... i couldnt put it down
dylonmichael replied...
Oct. 22, 2009 at 8:53 am
i am forced to put it down i have school and play practice and now work grrr idk when i am ever going to finish it
Lostinbooks This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 5, 2009 at 12:33 pm
Good thing there are so many talented writers out there to keep us supplied with dream-vacation stories! I would love to visit some of the places in books...
dylonmichael replied...
Dec. 5, 2009 at 1:14 pm
i know so would i it would be awesome
a+e.j. said...
Sept. 28, 2009 at 9:19 am
wow that was really good you should make more
Twilightnme said...
May 21, 2009 at 3:59 am
wow. this was amazing. I truly loved it! It engulfed me...
emofreak!!! said...
May 20, 2009 at 11:17 pm
you know its funny
cause its sooo true
when youre REALLY into a book
its EXTREAMLY hard to put it down!!! XD
i loved this poem
especially the way you have it set up...something about it
just really caught my attention.
G-R-E-A-T job!!! =D
bookwormdg said...
Apr. 19, 2009 at 2:00 am
SarahNearol said...
Apr. 3, 2009 at 1:37 am
I adored this poem! It was amazing. It sorta described me, except I can read and walk without bumping into anything... but I can't walk without reading without bumping into at least 1 thing!!! But I still love this poem.
Alyssa A. said...
Mar. 20, 2009 at 11:20 pm
Wow im a bookworm too ive never tried to walk and read but i saw a girl walkin into the middle of the street and get honked at cause she wasnt warching where she was reading breaking dawn right now NON-STOP!!!!!
ElizabethS. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 19, 2009 at 12:40 pm
I loved this, thank you for it. I'm a huge bookworm too, and almost always have a book with me, no matter where I go. However, I'm too uncoordinated to walk and read, though my brother tries it a lot. Thanks.
lostinbooks said...
Mar. 16, 2009 at 3:51 am
Love the poem. Getting lost in a book is such a wonderful thing... Don't you wish some of those stories were real? The best we can do though is just write about it. GO BOOKWORMS!
kissingdawn331 said...
Mar. 4, 2009 at 8:08 pm
i am also a bookworm...I agree that it's the best medication for reality...head in the book. It's ok to escape reality for a little while...but always remember (no matter how much it sux) to come back... i learnt that from mistakes.. gr8 poem
Lostinbooks This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 5, 2009 at 12:31 pm
So true...
Patience C. said...
Feb. 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm
i am a bookworm and this poem portrays me perfectly. some would find this insulting, but i find it inspiring. life for some given in few words, but as detailed as possible. i absolutely love this poem
joemama said...
Feb. 27, 2009 at 5:08 pm
I looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeee this poem and every poem
amanda M. said...
Feb. 26, 2009 at 9:21 pm
i am definitly a bookworm. and when i am into a chapter i do that same. walk with my book and then close it when i sit down i open it agin and then start all over! i love it!
TigerLily said...
Feb. 17, 2009 at 7:51 pm
I'm a bookworm but this poem didn't really offend me i mean i actually liked it. reading a great esacpe from reality so i usually have my nose in a book =)
The Violist said...
Feb. 13, 2009 at 8:01 pm
This was somewhat offensive, because I am a huge bookworm, but this is what happens to us and it makes so much sense
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