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Shotgun Slumber MAG

April 22, 2009
By Megan Buckner BRONZE, Gilford, New Hampshire
Megan Buckner BRONZE, Gilford, New Hampshire
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My face is smushed against the glass –
cheekbone and jawline numb from
the cold, and long hours spent pressed
against the window. Rhythmic breaths
create patches of fog along the contours of my nose and lips.

Out of the corner of my right eye
I catch glimpses of the landscape we
pass by, but I’ve seen it all before.
Concrete barriers and painted lines
keep my driver on course.

Beyond the asphalt and wildflower medians
sprawl cornfields, suburban neighborhoods,
vast parks. Perpetual movement fools me
and for a moment, I am stationary –
free to view the passing still frames
of others’ lives.

Another mile marker and tired eyes flutter –
the endless strings of telephone lines,
cow pastures and landfills blur together
as the lullaby resonating from the spinning
axles beneath my feet sings me to sleep again.

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on Sep. 15 2011 at 5:54 pm
Rocinante SILVER, Wexford, Pennsylvania
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Yes a good poem! I know the feeling...

on Sep. 15 2011 at 9:11 am
Amsterdamsel DIAMOND, Henderson , Nevada
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on Aug. 28 2011 at 2:23 pm
TheNovaClytie PLATINUM, Woodhaven, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
If I could run away from my problems, I'd probably get lost, and then new problems would find me.
~Shelby Seeley

I CALL SHOTGUN! hehe. really great piece. reminds me of why my sister and i fight over shotgun all the time!

on Aug. 4 2011 at 3:04 pm
Lola_Black GOLD, Harrison, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"I've always been famous. It's just everybody's just now finding out." --Lady Gaga

Beautifully said! I love how you captured the feeling of riding shotgun. The title was pretty catchy, too!

TeKaila GOLD said...
on Aug. 3 2011 at 11:43 am
TeKaila GOLD, Brookfield, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
"When in doubt...keep reading. A book will never die on you" -John Van De Ruit (The Guv from "Spud")

wow that was greattt :) I really could seee what you were trying to say

purpleink GOLD said...
on Aug. 3 2011 at 10:08 am
purpleink GOLD, Pendleton, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
The early bird gets the worm but the second rat gets the cheese.

There is more to life besides increasing its speed.

This is great! You really captured how it is to sit shotgun

on Aug. 3 2011 at 7:30 am
taintedannex GOLD, Hong Kong, Other
15 articles 5 photos 166 comments

Favorite Quote:
The truth is that at some point, everyone's going to hurt you. You just have to decide who's worth the pain.

Some say having something to lose is what makes you vulnerable. I believe that having something to lose only makes you stronger.


on Aug. 2 2011 at 8:50 pm
Come-n-Gone GOLD, Unionville, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
Isn't it funny how it only takes a few seconds to say hi, but forever to say goodbye?

i totally love this poem. so many images are in my head as i read it. amazing job!!!!

on Jul. 11 2011 at 11:02 am
ElleNicole BRONZE, St. Louis, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all."

I like this. =) Good job.

Check out my work?

renni SILVER said...
on Jul. 11 2011 at 9:51 am
renni SILVER, Crete, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
Sometimes, that girl who seems so strong, who never lets what people say bother her, who smiles and laughs with her friends all the time, is really the girl who, deep down, is falling to pieces.

i love this! very good :)

on Jun. 19 2011 at 6:02 am
RaindropsCatcher GOLD, Sofia, Other
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Favorite Quote:
“I laugh, I love, I hope, I try, I hurt, I need, I fear, I cry. And I know you do the same things too, So we're really not that different, me and you.”

This was one amazingly described emotion/landscape. It made me nostalgic, made my heart ache for home. Amazing work.

on May. 6 2011 at 10:05 am
peace_love_beauty PLATINUM, Florien, Louisiana
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Favorite Quote:
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

Aboslutely LOVE this poem. So creative and well-written.

on Apr. 14 2011 at 8:13 pm
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."

this is beautiful. maybe im just in an emotional mood, but it made my heart ache for some reason

on Apr. 14 2011 at 4:36 pm
ohmakemeover BRONZE, Centerville, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth."- Margaret Atwood

I can really relate to this poem!  Nice, title, too.

on Mar. 23 2011 at 6:19 pm
naiya.2011 BRONZE, SugarHill, Georgia
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i love this poem....

Hotaru said...
on Mar. 23 2011 at 3:32 pm
Your peom was good and seems to carry many different ideas within it. This poem is interesting to read. I admit, I was confused at first about what your title meant. But, thankfully from the comments below I realized my mistake at over analizing it.

Aderes47 GOLD said...
on Mar. 23 2011 at 3:28 pm
Aderes47 GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

This is a great poem!

on Mar. 23 2011 at 9:20 am
TeenageParadise_114, Cary, North Carolina
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you are a poetic genius

on Mar. 3 2011 at 2:30 pm
Basketball23 SILVER, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"I'm living in a shell with no soul" -Three Days Grace (World So Cold)
"Time still turns the pages of the book it's burned" -Avenged Sevenfold (So Far Away)

I REALLY liked this!!!  I love how you described the fog..."patches of fog along the countours of my nose and lips."  I LOVED THAT PART!!!

on Mar. 1 2011 at 3:21 am
no, its called shotgun slumber because shes in the passenger seat of the car. or "shot gun."