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Rock star,
drug addict,
or geriatric on the rebound from cataract surgery,
she said,
are the only legitimate personas for sunglass-wearing.

But what about style and flirtation and Jackie O?

What about beaches
and tan lines
and ocean-stained copies of Time?

What about adolescence
and wrinkled hot dogs
and the velvety shores of Jersey?

Do you have an opinion on the grammatically stunted drugstore novel
or the vulgarity of toe rings?

What of that sapphire swimsuit that’s missing three jewels
and chapped lips
and that obscene practice permissible only after achieving a stupefied state of tourism (long after fanny packs and card decks) known as bike-renting?

Seriously, Mother, what do you make of chuckling quietly at women
whose shrunken, upturned noses can’t support their aviators,
or that psychedelic rainbow emitted by misshapen lenses,
rivaled only by oil leaks in the parking lots of supermarkets?

Nonsense. UV rays are fictionalized by the same people
who invented evolution and
global warming
and NASA.

No daughter of mine shall subscribe to that mongering,
that hullabaloo.
You’ll just have to squint.

But when she turned, I shaded my rusty eyes anyway,
if for no other reason than to shield myself for a little while against that blinding
light source
called humanity.

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C-rizzle said...
Oct. 31, 2012 at 11:31 am
Really good. I loved the imagery. It ran together real nicely as well.  Could you check out my work? I don't have alot up yet but I could use some feedback.
 
tori-gurlThis 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...
Aug. 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm
You are seriously gifted! I love the metaphors it was a really beautiful poem and it was very good. The last line really makes you think and is just a very good way to end such a creative piece! Keep writing :D
 
Polish person said...
Feb. 15, 2012 at 12:48 am
Love the attitude darlin keep it up!
 
laurensoccer This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm
This is most definitely one of my favorite poems. Your comparisons are so creative!!! Keep writing!!!!!
 
muna.najihah said...
Dec. 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I love how you make the attitude of the poem. its feels good reading it. with a question mark behind sentences, it makes me think as well.

please check my work, my luck is running out. please comment/rate it.

 
youngspeare said...
Dec. 6, 2011 at 4:31 am
5/5 stars! I'm loving this! :) Keep writing. 
Could you check out my poem "Ghosts of the Past" and rate/comment? Would appreciate it.
 
peaceandloveandjesus said...
Aug. 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm
this is so cute! i love your attitude! who is your inspiration, because this sounds a little billy collins-y?
 
Inkslinger said...
Jul. 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm
Beautiful! I love the writing, the message, and the entire attitude behind it! Amazing!
 
peartree18 said...
Jul. 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm
this poem can really relate to things in the real world today...i love the last stanza. its my favorite
 
crazy-ashbobash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 5, 2011 at 10:57 am
mind numbing...i love it!!!
 
TwasBrilling said...
Jun. 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm
I absolutely love this!
 
super_nerd This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm
This is legit.
 
Paige1234 said...
May 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm
I don't think I'm smart enough yet to understand this poem... but when I am i know I will love it.
 
Sierra379 said...
Apr. 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm
big words....
 
Speedyloris said...
Mar. 17, 2011 at 12:13 am

This is so deep and it carries out such a subtle but powerful message, aaah. I really truly think this is an amazing piece of poetry!

*Its a favorite of mine

Bravo!

 
jack2024 said...
Feb. 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm
the best part was line 2 because thats when i stopped reading
 
teardrop.dreams replied...
Apr. 30, 2011 at 2:05 am

thats not very nice.

at least read until ine three :p

LOL jokes its an awesome poem.well done bro!!!

 
pinkypromise23 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 10, 2011 at 7:37 pm
woah...awesomeXD
 
Jule92xc said...
Nov. 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm
Awesome job. I really liked the very last part that says "if for no other reason than to shield myself for a little while against that blinding light source called humanity." Nicely done!
 
once_upon_a_nightmare said...
Nov. 5, 2010 at 11:47 am
This was really amazing... good job! Very vivid metaphorical sarcasm.
 
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