The Prodigal Daughter MAG

October 14, 2008
By Laura Ferruggia, Voorhees, NJ

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.

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CeceE14 BRONZE said...
on Feb. 16 2015 at 5:29 pm
CeceE14 BRONZE, Rosemount, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:

Same. Speechless.

blwblw1 SILVER said...
on Aug. 14 2012 at 7:52 pm
blwblw1 SILVER, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Reading takes you into a world far beyond your eyes can see.
L'amor Che More il Sole e L'altre Stelle

I am speachless. This is amazing. Keep doing what your doing.

aveawave GOLD said...
on Aug. 28 2011 at 9:42 pm
aveawave GOLD, Woolwich, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Be the angel you're sworn to be: spread your wings and fly" :) Simple as that:) Great Job!


on Mar. 5 2011 at 3:26 pm
DaBritt3 BRONZE, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"It's better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self." - Cyril Connolly

This is really beautiful. I love it.

on Oct. 6 2010 at 2:13 pm
redheadedpanda BRONZE, Cypress, Texas
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wow. this is such a great piece. i love it. :)

on Aug. 16 2010 at 6:52 pm
Marlyre PLATINUM, Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"when you cry, do you waste your tears?" Madonna

a very sophisticated mixture or words, impeccable imagery... read some of mine?

on May. 1 2010 at 1:52 pm
Star_In_The_Sky BRONZE, Isabela, Other
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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.

on Apr. 2 2010 at 6:10 pm
AmberRose SILVER, Richmond, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Even Monkeys fall out of trees."

This is great!!! Please read some of my work and tell me what you think?!

playmate GOLD said...
on Feb. 2 2010 at 2:57 pm
playmate GOLD, Violethill, Arkansas
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this is a grate peice. i like it alot it is realy good

on Dec. 20 2009 at 2:08 pm
sleeplessdreamer PLATINUM, Raleigh, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"I have always wanted to write in such a way that people say, 'I have always thought that but never found the words for it.'" -anonymous

This is great. Keep up the good work.

on Aug. 19 2009 at 1:05 am
this was very nice. u have a real talent. =]

on Jun. 15 2009 at 11:56 pm
YeseniaG SILVER, Livonia, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
Life is what happens when you're busy making plans.

Really like it. Great work.

on Jun. 11 2009 at 12:24 pm
ThereIsAlwaysHope GOLD, Belfast, Other
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Favorite Quote:
'Miles to go before I sleep'
- Robert Frost

I love it. x

Pandora said...
on 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...
on 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.

on May. 29 2009 at 9:14 pm
annkaykay2011 DIAMOND, Lansing, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"I am who I am, sorry, no changes."

Wow...i love the imagery! I can actually c the queen...

The word use

FarmGirl said...
on May. 28 2009 at 11:15 pm
FarmGirl, East Grand Rapids, Michigan
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one word: amazing

on May. 28 2009 at 11:13 pm
ShernayB. DIAMOND, Southfield, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"Some things will never change"---Tupac

I love this poem! It is so descriptive and it has a lot of imagery in it! This is extraordinary!

on May. 26 2009 at 2:48 pm
Anjelika BRONZE, Marietta, Georgia
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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.

delaney95 GOLD said...
on May. 25 2009 at 6:37 am
delaney95 GOLD, St. Charles, Missouri
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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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