Mandatory Poem This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

I have to write a poem for English
But I don’t know what’s right to write
Maybe I can use school as the theme
I think I actually might

But school is such a lame topic
I need something much better
Like family and friends, or possibly sports
Or the ever-changing New England weather

Whatever one I decide to write
I have to make it good
A lot of lines, a couple rhymes
Some vocab words? I should

Geopolitics and myopia, perhaps
But neither of those words rhyme
It makes no sense to put those in
And I’m running out of time

If I don’t write a poem soon
I think I’ll surely fail
If I don’t hurry up
There will be nothing for me to mail

And I still don’t have a topic
I’ll never get this done
A poem shouldn’t be this hard to write
A single one! Just one

A peculiar thing just happened
That I have stumbled upon
It seems I wrote a poem
From simply rambling on!

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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SallyW.This 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...
Aug. 16, 2016 at 10:26 am
Awesome poem! Funny and well-written.
meganthatsme123 said...
May 18, 2012 at 9:04 pm
this is pretty funny(x good job!
BekkaGoodwin said...
May 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm
Wow this is really good! I love it! Brillant job!
Mimi15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm
This is pretty nifty. Check out my poem 'On our Own' ? Keep writing :)
Illuminatus said...
Jan. 6, 2012 at 3:09 am
hey .. this is something really great ! As for me ... no i am not a free-mason . Just an average teenjust like you . But i live in India .
Tremendous said...
Dec. 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm
Not the most original idea, but incredibly, wonderfully and masterfully executed.*applause*
babysteps said...
Dec. 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm
I love this so much!!! I totally know what you mean in this I love to write but when I have to for school... UHHH
SpringMoon98 said...
Dec. 16, 2011 at 11:25 am
This is a really cool poem. :D
FULLSTOP said...
Nov. 24, 2011 at 4:22 am
love it, it's really clever. was there ever an english assignment and if there was, what did you submit?
BieberLover16 said...
Oct. 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm
Clever, Clever!! Love it!!
A_Braden said...
Oct. 11, 2011 at 11:35 am
Ha great poem, i love how you made a poem out of nothing. Smart rhyming and perfect length. I would have liked to hear the poem make sense in the beginning but the end brought it together
IamtheshyStargirl said...
Jun. 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm
Hahaha, love it! Very clever and wry.
Turnkaylc said...
Jun. 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm
 This reminds me of "I have to write a poem for class"  by Jack Prelutsky
Jackson2 said...
May 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm
Clever. I like the ending.
madbunnymonique said...
May 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm
VampiresEverywhere said...
Mar. 27, 2011 at 11:09 am
omg you are so lucky you live in new england! I live in the desert. its summer right now.
blackrabbit said...
Jan. 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm

very clever :)

keep writing

peachy37 said...
Dec. 7, 2010 at 1:03 pm
holly.nicole said...
Nov. 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm
Oh my goodness I love this ALOT it's real clever! PS Yes, yes, New England's whether is ALWAYS changing lol(:
.sunshine. said...
Oct. 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm
Nice poem.
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