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

January 10, 2009
Couch potato.
That's what they call her,
Gossipers eagerly relay.
Lazy –
Just another name,
As familiar as her own.
They say she has no company,
But she knows it's not the truth.
Who needs company?
Just people there to judge
The paleness of her skin
Stretched taut over her bones.
How her hair needed a wash,
Maybe, a few days ago.
They don't know that she's never alone.
Not in her cluttered room.
On the table sits a book,
The most important one,
The one that gives her the choices,
The answers to her questions.
T-V G-U-I-D-E spells blockish on the cover,
And when the silver screen flips on,
Thousands of unreachable colors.
She leans in close and watches, watches, watches,
Thousands of tiny pixels
Showing her a greater thing.
Lives lived beyond her reach,
Beyond perfection.
And she reaches out and brushes her fingers,
Drifting them across the screen,
To feel the tingle –
Static electricity.
And imagines that they're really there,
Reachable just beneath the tingle.
Couch potato.
That's what they call her.
Maybe it's better that they don't know.

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CristyD said...
Jul. 17, 2015 at 4:44 pm
They call me a couch potato because I spend the day reading the stories of others and not making my own. What they don't know is that I read because my own life pales in comparison. This poem explains that in an effervescent way.
the god said...
Apr. 1, 2015 at 12:28 pm
i cant stop crying this isnt even a potato poem
EthanCalhoun said...
Jan. 22, 2012 at 9:33 am
Really enjoyed this poem
R.S.H said...
Nov. 21, 2011 at 8:20 am
I love this peom. It is very beautiful.
freeflow23 said...
Jun. 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm
My favorite line is "Thousands of tiny pixels showing her a greater thing". It speaks to the reader without being overly dramatic. I like that.
Xavier T. said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm
This is the stuff that i realate to. i agree with you. keep writing.
Wilted_Flower said...
Aug. 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm
That was a really good piece, i really liked it. It really made me think and wonder, and i love that.
LuvKirstyn14 said...
Jul. 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm
very unique. it's definitely one of my favorite poems! plz read my pieces too! :)
maRAWR This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 5, 2010 at 2:31 pm
i really like it! it definitely makes you think =)
bloodypoet said...
Mar. 16, 2010 at 12:50 am
this poem didn't make sense at first but when it sunk in a little it was great
mandielynnrose said...
Feb. 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm
I hate how people who have so many friends and lives so busy think that someone who doesn't be like them are trash. It's disgusting and this poem shows they are wrong. Good work!
magicman said...
Jan. 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm
I thought this was amazing!!! I love the internal rhyme of "own and alone". Keep writing!
WriterFanatic This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 10, 2010 at 11:37 pm
This poem is...creepy yet beautiful. Its leing me shaking, yet awestruck
Ashleysbff said...
Jan. 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm
wow this poem makes me realize just how much diff. reality and tv are.and how much some people have lived their entire lives a nightmare and have been wishing that life was like it is in on tv.very deep, i love it.
sillyrabbit said...
Dec. 7, 2009 at 6:02 pm
person in your poem lol thats what i meant
sillyrabbit said...
Dec. 7, 2009 at 6:01 pm
hmm it seems like th person in your person is trying to ignored everyone else and just live in a pretended world instead of facing the real one..and that is retable because sometimes all of us go into are own little world just as long as we get out of it to see the real world its fine..but if we stay trapped in our own world it is like making yourself blind. Very good!! Keep writing!! :) Oh and i would appreciate if u read some of my writing. Thanks!!
pearl♥ said...
Dec. 7, 2009 at 12:30 pm
OMG!! ♥it!!! its soo relatable!! very very nice closure too!!!
dizzycatlover said...
Dec. 4, 2009 at 8:56 pm
thank you so much for this poem. it's so sad but it means so much. it's really amazing. read some of my poetry if you get a chance!
MRS.ROCHE said...
Dec. 4, 2009 at 9:12 am
aww cute.. if u have time please go and check out my poems... sorry have to go
ChowD This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 2, 2009 at 11:19 pm
amazing! very relatable...
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