The Lesson This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

March 24, 2009
Let's learn to be mildly content;

and scratch at kitchen doors
without leaving claw marks.

and watch as spoons beget spoons
and milk dribbles down the granite
turning clear, curdling and mixing with dirt.

Let's stay still, motionless,
as we watch pairs of swans drift
on the plate-glass lakes.
The swans can drift;
their necks afforded them the option,
long and white and graceful,
like curved spoons.

Let's learn to be mildly content.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the October 2009 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.






Join the Discussion

This article has 3 comments. Post your own now!

ChrisJ This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm
Awesome! A great, powerful message told here, good job!
 
Sophia T. said...
Aug. 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm
This conveys a very subtle yet powerful meaning: like to tell the busy world to sit still for a second and just enjoy...  ;)
 
Sumana2 said...
Jul. 2, 2010 at 2:43 pm
This is beautiful...
 
bRealTime banner ad on the left side
Site Feedback