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December 27, 2008
By Amy Ruth BRONZE, Georgetown, Delaware
Amy Ruth BRONZE, Georgetown, Delaware
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Initiating high school.
Your body is a
Naked canvas,
Governed by rivers of hormones
Pitching into lakes of
Quarried by teenage angst.
Sometimes, the weakened dams of reason
And weekends
Cannot withstand
Floods of individuality.
They fracture, leaking inspiration
Onto the surface of bare skin
Invisible blueprints for calligraphy
And cartoon characters
That can be made permanent
With a steady hand
Wielding black ink
Away from disapproving eyes.
Forever stain impulsiveness
Onto virgin flesh
In hidden locations
That for show,
Will only be displayed to friends at parties
To prove how mature you are.
Reveal the scars of adolescence to your parents
Only when you’ve turned 18.

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gemmmmma GOLD said...
on Aug. 16 2010 at 11:03 pm
gemmmmma GOLD, Leopold, Other
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Favorite Quote:
make sure you live before you die.

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on Aug. 4 2010 at 5:22 pm


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on Jul. 17 2010 at 6:18 pm
distressed_cinderella PLATINUM, San Leandro, California
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Favorite Quote:
" You can't make something stay that wants to go. You can only love what you have while you have it"

I Like this poem, it's fluid and yet it has a bite to it. Love the last line.

on May. 9 2010 at 1:59 pm
KaiteyAmber SILVER, Meadville, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Keep your face to the sun, then you wont see a shadow." - Helen Keller
" In a world filled with hate, We must dare to hope." - M. Jackson

i like how this is written. i have a tattoo now. i got it for a specific reason and its nothing dumb. i got it at te age of 15 and im turning 16 this aug, but i can see the image of this piece.      Great job!

Akila_M. GOLD said...
on Jan. 6 2010 at 11:06 am
Akila_M. GOLD, Greensboro, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"Dancing is the soul having happy convulsions." - Akila

"Scars of adolescence" and "forever stain impulsiveness onto virgin flesh" are my favorite parts.

on Jul. 24 2009 at 7:18 am
lost_in_my_sea_of_dreams BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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i like it