The Prodigal Daughter This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

October 14, 2008
My chocolate cake was fizzing over the top,
and I could feel her penetrating, pixelated eyes
dissecting me
from the newspaper clipping on the wall.

She’s the queen of the sewer
who rose above the filth,
with yellow locks tinted green
and mineral deposits
on her dress.

They showered her in streamers,
and she closed her eyes:
dreaming she’d be pure again,
dreaming she’d be five again
just like I am now …
only with sky on her dress
and sun in her hair.

Chuck Palahniuk knows
the lower you fall
the higher you fly
And now I can see over my Lego wall
that rock bottom
is padded by confetti.

I never sold my soul for a savior
bringing melatonin
because I always said
I’d rather lie still,
my imagination blank for crayon scribbles.

I suffered unanesthetized;
I was giddy uninebriated
but when I tried to point my finger,
my hands were oven-mitted and useless.
I should’ve slashed those veins
the moment I felt the slightest bit numb.
I’d be better heavily medicated;
I’ve found no answers wide awake and alert.

The Prodigal Daughter shut her eyes
before the sedation needle broke her skin.
She dove into the waste
knowing the comfort of her prize
would glisten from the surface as she sank.

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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blwblw1 said...
Aug. 14, 2012 at 7:52 pm
I am speachless. This is amazing. Keep doing what your doing.
CeceE14 replied...
Feb. 16, 2015 at 5:29 pm
Same. Speechless.
aveawave said...
Aug. 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm Simple as that:) Great Job!


DaBritt3 said...
Mar. 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm
This is really beautiful. I love it.
Amanda.Michelle said...
Oct. 6, 2010 at 2:13 pm
wow. this is such a great piece. i love it. :)
Marlyre This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 16, 2010 at 6:52 pm
a very sophisticated mixture or words, impeccable imagery... read some of mine?
Star_In_The_Sky said...
May 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm
I love the child like choice of words mixed with the complex words that I had to look up. lol  But what does this mean?  I'm trying to understand it, but its very difficult.
AmberRose said...
Apr. 2, 2010 at 6:10 pm
This is great!!! Please read some of my work and tell me what you think?!
sleeplessdreamer said...
Dec. 20, 2009 at 2:08 pm
This is great. Keep up the good work.
Autumn K. replied...
Feb. 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm
this is a grate peice. i like it alot it is realy good
goddessofflames95 said...
Aug. 19, 2009 at 1:05 am
this was very nice. u have a real talent. =]
YeseniaG said...
Jun. 15, 2009 at 11:56 pm
Really like it. Great work.
JordonThis 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...
Jun. 11, 2009 at 12:24 pm
I love it. x
Pandora said...
Jun. 4, 2009 at 8:54 pm
Its amazing, and it really shows something, you can have something, a talent,m have nothing eles, but the atmoshpere, is what maters, and what you pick out from it all, its masterfull, well written, i read it a few times, just to catch more and more, and get even more chunks, good poetry should be like that, and this is.
drama101 said...
Jun. 3, 2009 at 9:21 pm
This poem is amazing. I love the word choice and the way you put everything together. I would love to see something else you have written.
annkaykay2011 said...
May 29, 2009 at 9:14 pm
Wow...i love the imagery! I can actually c the queen...
The word use
FarmGirl said...
May 28, 2009 at 11:15 pm
one word: amazing
lovehate29 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 28, 2009 at 11:13 pm
I love this poem! It is so descriptive and it has a lot of imagery in it! This is extraordinary!
Anjelin said...
May 26, 2009 at 2:48 pm
This piece is very deep. I like the fact that you have a part where you mention Chuck Palahniuk, because I read his books I was able to draw an understanding in that line. Awesome it made the teen ink mag because it is an outstanding piece.
Delaney E. said...
May 25, 2009 at 6:37 am
This one is probably my favorite, even if I have to read it a few times over to grasp it. It almost weaves in and out of itself.
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