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Heart and Sole This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Some pin their hearts on their sleeves,
Or chains sliding down their necks,
Or clips woven into brightly streaked hair.
I wear my heart, large and bright,
On the bottom of my Converse low-tops,
Crusted with dried dirt that has long since hardened
On the glow-in-the-dark rim
That envelops shiny, clear vinyl
In which my purple-and-yellow-patterned socks show through.
They stretch up to my knees,
Slightly crumpled, uneven and striking.
Winding and folding down long tan legs
And into size 10 low-tops hugging size 10 feet
That have never longed for the caressing softness
Of gentle sheepskin in Australian boots.
With neon stockings pulled over them,
My thin, long feet progress into
Thin, long toes, irregular and bent by nature.
Tips dipped in shiny cobalt and midnight charcoal,
The brilliant colors are useless and hidden.
I wear my heart large and bright, though unseen,
On the bottoms of my shoes.
Shown only through the acts of jumping, kicking, or falling,
Dirtied with mud and worn from miles,
I pin my heart proudly on my sole.

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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olican16 said...
Jul. 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm:

i totaly agree with GangstaEyes this is very cleaver!! i love the last line!! when my stuff comes out of pending or whateva will u check it out!!?? again i LOVE this poem its amazing!!!!

 

 
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IamtheStargirl said...
Jun. 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm:

So beautiful, gives me shivers.

 

 
IamtheStargirl replied...
Jun. 17, 2010 at 6:11 pm :
Makes me want to speak in poetry.
 
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InkDance said...
Jun. 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm:

I think my favorite part of this poem was the line:

 

Shown only through the acts of jumping, kicking, or falling.

 

that line says so much and made the entire poem for me. Great job, please keep writing.

 
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GangstaEyes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 29, 2010 at 10:04 pm:
This is such a creative, clever poem! I love everything about it. Check out my stuff? 
 
FadetoFluorescent This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
May 31, 2010 at 9:06 pm :

Thanks!

I'll deffinately take a look C:

 
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TheSummoningFreak said...
May 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm:
this is amzing! i love it
 
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the.kanguru This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 11:12 pm:
Converse and your poem have in common that they're amazing.
 
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starsonmysleeves This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 8:11 pm:
wow we we both wrote on the double meaning of sole/soul, though we went in different directions from there. take a look at mind if you like.  its called "stuck to my shoe"
 
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margierose This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 5:48 pm:
I love the ending! You have real talent :) 
 
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deardiary said...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 5:05 pm:
Omg the ending deffinitly makes the poem! :p
 
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soccerchickunc said...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm:
this is awesome :)
 
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KittyCat said...
Mar. 22, 2010 at 1:21 pm:
this poem totally describes me iloveit!!!!! you did an amazing awesome job!!
 
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Joyful_angel said...
Mar. 21, 2010 at 10:42 pm:
i love thiss poem!!!!
u did awesome!!!
 
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blueer220 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 21, 2010 at 2:29 pm:
Amazing. Really made me think about where I would pin MY heart.
 
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Fashionista said...
Mar. 14, 2010 at 11:30 am:
I love this poem. I think you've captured the true essence of a soul by trying not to catch it all.
 
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MusicInMyHeart<3 said...
Feb. 5, 2010 at 5:52 pm:
I have Chucks too... I love them and I live in them. I wear them to the beach, to school, to marching band practice, to Alaska, to Hawaii, to Europe. They're all different colors and I love them. I guess to really understand this poem you need to understand the way Chucks are. They are awesome. I love this poem. It makes me smile and I love the way it flows. It's very well written. Great job.
 
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girloverlikeduh said...
Jan. 14, 2010 at 10:36 am:
I admire how the writer uses random comparisons and how she uses the similarities with places and objects and posessions.
 
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Tierra said...
Dec. 23, 2009 at 12:19 pm:
I seen this along time ago and forgot to comment!
But, this post is the most amzing ive seen in a long time i love it keep up the good work!
 
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Jimmy_flash said...
Dec. 23, 2009 at 2:22 am:
hey great poem it has a wonderful flow
 
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