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Initiating high school.
Your body is a
Naked canvas,
Governed by rivers of hormones
Pitching into lakes of
Rebellion
Quarried by teenage angst.
Sometimes, the weakened dams of reason
And weekends
Cannot withstand
Spontaneous
Floods of individuality.
They fracture, leaking inspiration
Onto the surface of bare skin
Leaving
Invisible blueprints for calligraphy
And cartoon characters
That can be made permanent
With a steady hand
Wielding black ink
Away from disapproving eyes.
Forever stain impulsiveness
Onto virgin flesh
In hidden locations
That for show,
Will only be displayed to friends at parties
To prove how mature you are.
Reveal the scars of adolescence to your parents
Only when you’ve turned 18.

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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gemmmmma said...
Aug. 16, 2010 at 11:03 pm:
love it this is great :) check out my stuff :)
 
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through my eyes said...
Aug. 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm:

I ABSOLOUTLY LOVE THE FLOW TO THIS!!!!!

the message is clear and strong, keep up the amazhing work :D

 
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distressed_cinderella said...
Jul. 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm:
I Like this poem, it's fluid and yet it has a bite to it. Love the last line.
 
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KaiteyAmber said...
May 9, 2010 at 1:59 pm:
i like how this is written. i have a tattoo now. i got it for a specific reason and its nothing dumb. i got it at te age of 15 and im turning 16 this aug, but i can see the image of this piece.      Great job!
 
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erin L. said...
Jul. 24, 2009 at 7:18 am:
i like it
 
Akila_M. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 6, 2010 at 11:06 am :
"Scars of adolescence" and "forever stain impulsiveness onto virgin flesh" are my favorite parts.
 
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