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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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wowawesome said...
on May. 6 2009 at 1:54 pm
nice poem. i <3 it.

on May. 6 2009 at 5:49 am
Free.The.Poison PLATINUM, Hanford, California
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Favorite Quote:
Even in our Darkest hour, we must always remember never to spare.

Nice poem:)

str8rippin said...
on May. 3 2009 at 7:45 pm
hey whats up i like the site.

ilovecatz said...
on May. 3 2009 at 5:45 pm
ilovecatz, Rockford, Michigan
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Good I dont get the title

on May. 3 2009 at 2:20 pm
bookhugger14 SILVER, Delta, Ohio
7 articles 1 photo 32 comments
i really like this poem! it reminds me of the boredom of long, long trips through never-ending sameness that i have all the time! great use of imagery the description was near perfect!

catpoem said...
on May. 3 2009 at 1:42 am
brilliant poem, five stars as well!

ChelseyRae said...
on May. 2 2009 at 1:44 am
I'm guessing the title would mean something along the lines of 'shotgun', being the passenger seat slang term.

Also, in the entry, the writer states: "Another mile marker and tired eyes flutter-"

I would believe this is what the 'slumber' refers to in the title.

All in all, the writer could be reffering to sleeping in the passenger seat on a long car ride, possibly moving to a new house, etc.

Just a guess.


on May. 1 2009 at 3:01 am
austin thompson BRONZE, Katy, Texas
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megan i love it and i enjoy your simbolism omplex but thoughtfull

on May. 1 2009 at 12:44 am
-xlimitless239x- GOLD, Vanceboro, North Carolina
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good work. keep it up. can't wait 'till your next poem

on Apr. 29 2009 at 10:46 am
...imhere... BRONZE, Mayfield Village, Ohio
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not bad. What's the title mean?

captianj-man said...
on Apr. 28 2009 at 8:04 pm
very very good!!!!!!!!

Mudkip266 said...
on Apr. 27 2009 at 7:57 pm
Good poem. But I don't get the title.

on Apr. 27 2009 at 2:57 pm
CressFerriera GOLD, Richmondville, New York
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Nice job, Megan!

on Apr. 27 2009 at 8:15 am
Kumanga DIAMOND, Bethel, Alaska
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Favorite Quote:
Always Accept nd love urself for who u are!

yea /.. What ever he said. or she/. lol

on Apr. 25 2009 at 8:21 pm
EternityBroken GOLD, Hooker, Oklahoma
17 articles 2 photos 28 comments

Favorite Quote:
It is impossible to love and be wise.

awesome loved it!

goaly said...
on Apr. 25 2009 at 5:07 am
goaly, Sherman Oaks, California
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on Apr. 25 2009 at 4:29 am
FreakyEyed DIAMOND, Juneau, Alaska
53 articles 29 photos 111 comments

Favorite Quote:
"This, too, will pass."

Brilliant. Five stars!

on Apr. 23 2009 at 2:53 am
Madcheesey GOLD, Trophy Club, Texas
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Wow... this is really good. you're great. keep it up.