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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 May. 19 2010 at 8:21 am
once_a_redhead SILVER, Lady Lake, Florida
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"love is somethin' we all feel even if we don't know that we do!!"

great!!! loved the details!!! skstorc that would make 2 of us!!

on May. 19 2010 at 12:20 am
ElijahN PLATINUM, Livonia, Michigan
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I can, comment on mine too please?

on May. 18 2010 at 11:11 am
AndThisIsReal PLATINUM, Broadalbin, New York
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Dans chaque fil il y a un debut.

Incredible imagery.

on Apr. 27 2010 at 4:38 pm
DestinyMartinez PLATINUM, Boca Raton, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"Never know that you love someone untill they're gone."

Thanks I hope everything goes well too.

fun size said...
on Apr. 27 2010 at 10:05 am
Aww I am so sorry about your Dad! Just to help with it you shoul keep writing!

soontobe12 said...
on Apr. 27 2010 at 10:05 am
thats mean because this is a great poem and im sure god does not like you saying that you know what they say if you don't have anything nice to say dont say anything at all and if you dont like it than just dont post anything.

fun size said...
on Apr. 27 2010 at 10:02 am
That was a great poem! I also like the picture attatched to it! (mostly for the backround) But way to detail it! Every time I go on a trip i'll think of this!

on Apr. 5 2010 at 6:44 pm
starlight26 GOLD, Miramar, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
*life isnt about pretending to be something you're not. It about being who you are and finding someone
who loves every bit of it."

"Life's tradegy is that we get old too soon and wise too late"

Detailed wondefully! Describes a road-trip beautifully. Like SolvoAnimus said, im going to remember this poem every time I go on a trip. :) PLease check out some of my work! thanks

on Mar. 19 2010 at 3:09 am
SolvoAnimus BRONZE, Jamaica, New York
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Im going to subconsciously remember this poem for when I go on a road trip...

I Just love moments like these....

bmmmszw said...
on Mar. 2 2010 at 10:30 am
great poem

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on Mar. 2 2010 at 9:43 am
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bmmsjj said...
on Mar. 1 2010 at 10:36 am
Good poem i liked it.

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on Feb. 20 2010 at 10:37 pm
shotgun means the passenger side and slumber is sleeping so its someone falling asleep in a acar

xLpoet SILVER said...
on Feb. 20 2010 at 1:39 pm
xLpoet SILVER, Bristow, Virginia
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This poem has great flow.

on Jan. 29 2010 at 8:29 pm
DestinyMartinez PLATINUM, Boca Raton, Florida
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"Never know that you love someone untill they're gone."

Hi my name is destiny, I’m a writer just like you. We write about real things and let our words explain how we feel. But my step-dad is getting deported and I’m holding a petition. So if you could please help a family out. And let me now lose a father by some stupid laws I would be thankful. I need all the help I can get. You can make a difference in a stranger’s life.
http ://www.thepetitionsite .com /1/Help-keep-a-loving-man-from-getting-deported

on Jan. 29 2010 at 4:20 pm
brysmarie12 PLATINUM, Neoga, Illinois
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I love this! The way it flows throughout the entire composition is truly incredible!

skstorc BRONZE said...
on Jan. 29 2010 at 12:43 pm
skstorc BRONZE, Port Orange, Florida
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this is really good =) i can completely understand the feeling. comment mine if you can i just joined.

on Jan. 29 2010 at 9:47 am
FlamingTaco1479 SILVER, Spring Mills, Pennsylvania
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"When life gives you lemons, hold onto them. They're free lemons!"

I loved it. I loved the imagery and how you set the stanza's up. Nice job!

on Jan. 29 2010 at 5:37 am
tinkerbubbles PLATINUM, West Chester, Ohio
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Life isnt about finding yourself, its about creating yourself:)

Why talk when you can sing? Why walk when you can dance?

uhm , i got it! :P

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on Jan. 29 2010 at 12:37 am
j-rye SILVER, Toronto, Other
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Favorite Quote:
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace - Jimi Hendrix

this is really great!

please comment on my work:)