The Stranger Across the Room This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

I sat in the airport reading a magazine
My eyes started to wander across the scene
They fell upon a man with dirty clothes and messy hair
He paid no attention to it, he didn’t care

He wore slim-cut jeans and a worn-out hat
He had a tattoo on his arm of a baseball bat
He had a five o’clock shadow you could see from a mile
And it looked like he hadn’t had a haircut in a while

His face was weather-worn and tanned like leather
He must have lived somewhere with pretty rough weather
He had a scar above his left eye
I wondered what happened, how and why

As I boarded my plane I looked back once more
The man was making his way to the store
As my plane left for Egypt to see the tombs
I couldn’t stop thinking of the stranger across the room

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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Kurdis Green said...
Oct. 5 at 3:10 pm
I like the way the it flows. Astonishing work!
sunshineAL said...
Jan. 14 at 3:44 am
I could picture the stranger in my mind. Fantastic writing!
Orlivee said...
Oct. 8, 2014 at 7:37 am
I like the way it goes, almost like a song...beautiful
BrandybuckTook said...
Jul. 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm
I'm sure all of us have had a natural curiosity about some random stranger. You did a good job capturing it with words!
sarah98 said...
Apr. 29, 2013 at 5:58 pm
really well written, but a bit random
turnedleftatgreenland said...
Feb. 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm
I really enjoyed this. You have such an organic flow and a great way of creating imagery.
brianna5810 said...
Dec. 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm
wow, this poem is amazing.
wilderose121 said...
Nov. 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm
very nice. a bit confusing though. 4/roses
musiccrazy said...
Oct. 10, 2011 at 11:09 am
WOW! Awesome!
krissynicole said...
Sept. 22, 2011 at 11:38 am
This was very descriptive and I loved it!!! :D
Becca17 said...
Mar. 26, 2011 at 10:29 am
love the description :)
alekstymura said...
Mar. 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm
i felt the man sitting acrooss the room. very real, good use of imagery. your word choice is good :)
Duckie430 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 10, 2011 at 10:16 am
the details in this poem is amazing. good job. :)
Weepingwllow said...
Feb. 5, 2011 at 9:57 pm
This was really awesome!
z-bo_teh_best_eva said...
Jan. 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm

seriously i fell as if i am staring at the stranger when i read the imagery in this poem.


Shakespere said...
Jan. 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm
This imagery is amazing. I could picture the stranger across the room...
your mom said...
Jan. 19, 2011 at 8:13 am
I love this
Rox18 said...
Oct. 26, 2010 at 4:59 pm
the imagery in this poem is describe it as if im watching a detailed movie. nice job :D
lc_butterflies said...
Sept. 9, 2010 at 9:12 pm

wow! the imagery is really good! not sure why isnt posted under limericks though...a limerick is a 5 liner, rhyme scheme aabba with the bb lines being pretty short.

but the freeverse poem is good! i loved it! keep writing!

however, i am confused about why the stranger is so important? most poems arent about nothingness, and this is kinda...pointless? its well written but i dont see what ur trying to accomplish with it



Nelmo said...
Jun. 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm
wow i could picture myself there too
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