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Nitty Gritty This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

They twist my arms into comical shapes
At their pecks, my hopes go wormy and wet,
Their sad, bald heads pop like a fist of grapes.
Above my head, they cry a battle threat.
They caw to me that life is bittersweet
As they poke waxy beaks into my life
And dig their pigeon claws into red meat.
Their dulcet tones cut sharper than a knife.
They walk in my palate of reds and blues
And fit my aching back with wings of lead.
They've only given me the right to lose.
The Nitty Gritty hisses in my head.
It hooks its toothless gums around my ear
And teaches me to live my life in fear.

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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missscribbles said...
Jun. 24, 2012 at 9:11 am:
Thank you!
 
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AlaskaFrostThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 24, 2012 at 12:33 am:
Perfect! You are a very talented writer, and I really enjoyed reading your work!
 
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otherpoetThis 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. 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm:
Wow, this is fantastic. It has excellent imagery and a perfectly hidden message. Congrats, this piece deserves it!
 
missscribbles replied...
Jan. 10, 2012 at 11:07 am :
thank you!
 
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babysteps said...
Jan. 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm:
Great job! I really enjoyed reading this!
 
missscribbles replied...
Jan. 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm :
thank you! That's really nice to hear.
 
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