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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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SamSam said...
Nov. 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm:
That was amazing! At first I wasn't sure what you were talking about, but then you tied it together at the end. I love the last sentence! If you can, please read my poem "Perfection"
 
FadetoFluorescent This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 22, 2009 at 4:01 pm :
Aw, thank you!
And, sure, I'd love to :D
But, I can't seem to find it, if you wouldn't mind linking me to it, could you?
 
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ariwrites94 said...
Nov. 9, 2009 at 7:53 am:
Wonderful job!!!! you are a talented writer and keep up the good work! if u have time please check out my poem called "Sensitive Am I" and rate and leave a comment. Thanks and keep writing!
 
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sassgrrrrl said...
Nov. 2, 2009 at 3:24 pm:
This was really kOoL. It makes perfect sense and I love the descriptionz. Keep it up!!!
 
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Sara-Zee said...
Oct. 18, 2009 at 11:55 pm:
This was amazing. Keep writing!
 
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Alex166 said...
Oct. 18, 2009 at 1:50 pm:
i like the comparison in this a lot :D
 
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lowtophightopjeansandatee said...
Jul. 30, 2009 at 8:53 pm:
ha!! thats just llike me but 1 of them is a hightop! and the sock thing!!!!....so me!!
lol
good work!!
 
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Blue-eyed_Hippy-chick said...
Jun. 23, 2009 at 6:39 pm:
Paints a vivid picture. The best thing about it is the way it makes you picture something. love it
 
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Tierra J. said...
Jun. 17, 2009 at 8:45 pm:
That was so heart filling and creative i loved that peom it was very good.
 
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julia C. said...
Jun. 17, 2009 at 7:06 pm:
this is beautiful morgan
i wish i could write as beautifully as you do. good job
 
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FadetoFluorescent said...
Jun. 16, 2009 at 6:54 pm:
this is the author; morgan :]

i just wanted to thank everyone who has voted or commented or read 'Heart and Sole'. thank you so much!
it means a lot <3
 
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Lainee said...
Jun. 15, 2009 at 10:23 pm:
You've got soul, more than eough to overflow those size 10s. Keep it up, and don't forget to share those shoes with others.
 
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brooke.is.gone. said...
Jun. 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm:
clever darling, clever. :)
 
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sallyloco said...
Jun. 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm:
i loved this poem so much. It really got to me. You could have a future career on the line here!
 
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sccrchik898 said...
Jun. 7, 2009 at 3:36 am:
what you discribed like the outfit sounds like me exept im a high top gal and i love the sole part i get it and give you a hoorah for thinking so cleverly keep righting please i really like your poem
 
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Moe L. said...
Jun. 4, 2009 at 10:32 pm:
that was really good and it reminds myself of me
 
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Brandi K. said...
Jun. 4, 2009 at 2:58 pm:
A M A Z I N G ! L O V E D ! B E A U T I F U L !
 
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FarmGirl said...
May 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm:
Beautiful, Beautiful piece.
It was amazing.
i loved it
keep writing......!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Abigail_W said...
Jun. 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm:
This was beautiful! I'm just like that, except mine are high-tops. And yes, they are crusted with mud.
 
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marissa said...
May 27, 2009 at 6:24 pm:
this is an amazing piece!!you should be very proud of your talent!!
 
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