Magazine, website & books written by teens since 1989

In This City This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

In this city,
There are children
They live in apartment complexes
Crammed together smelling
Body odor, Chinese food, laundry detergent,
Urban rats seek out dead cats
In the storm drains
In this city,
There are children
And they leave little plastic tricycles
Face-planted on the soggy lawn
In front of sliding glass doors
Where their mothers light up
And watch them
Eyes over the crossword puzzle
Feet in slippers
In this city,
I am living with a love story
It is in my back pocket,
And I have a dream
It is in my front pocket
In this city,
Named Della Marta
Lower Michigan
I am in a wool blazer buttoned
Cherry red sunglasses with black lenses
Marked with greasy fingerprints
High tops with duct tape holding
One sole down
And a gaping hole in each knee
Exposing right where I forgot to
Shave
In this city
I know we do not know much
We are urban decay in a cornfield backdrop
Children with cigarettes dangling from smirks
Old women with lunacy pinned to their sleeve
And little plastic tricycles
Face-planted on our soggy lawns
As our mothers call to us
Behind cigarette smoke
To come in for some
Good old-fashioned
Mexican takeout.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.





Join the Discussion


This article has 5 comments. Post your own!

CWells_521This 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...
Jan. 14 at 1:25 pm:
I love the line, "We are urban decay in a cornfield backdrop." ! Great job on this.
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
samiikayThis 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...
Nov. 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm:

this was simply amazing. 

it definatley painted a picture in my mind.

lovley.

 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
kaileyedelman said...
Oct. 24, 2010 at 7:45 pm:
this is amazing! i love the voice you put behind the words
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
little_miss_sunshine13 said...
Jul. 24, 2010 at 9:57 pm:
i absolutley love it! this article deserves more than two comments! i love your perspective and your writing has a freindly, kind feeling. you have successfully made my day:)
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
SaraB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 8, 2009 at 2:38 pm:
Good job, I love how you talked about stuff that seems so ordinadry, but made it sound beautiful.
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Site Feedback