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In This City MAG

February 12, 2009
By Laurenjeannette SILVER, San Rafael, California
Laurenjeannette SILVER, San Rafael, California
8 articles 0 photos 3 comments

In this city,
There are children
They live in apartment complexes
Crammed together smelling
Body odor, Chinese food, laundry detergent,
Urban rats seek out dead cats
In the storm drains
In this city,
There are children
And they leave little plastic tricycles
Face-planted on the soggy lawn
In front of sliding glass doors
Where their mothers light up
And watch them
Eyes over the crossword puzzle
Feet in slippers
In this city,
I am living with a love story
It is in my back pocket,
And I have a dream
It is in my front pocket
In this city,
Named Della Marta
Lower Michigan
I am in a wool blazer buttoned
Cherry red sunglasses with black lenses
Marked with greasy fingerprints
High tops with duct tape holding
One sole down
And a gaping hole in each knee
Exposing right where I forgot to
In this city
I know we do not know much
We are urban decay in a cornfield backdrop
Children with cigarettes dangling from smirks
Old women with lunacy pinned to their sleeve
And little plastic tricycles
Face-planted on our soggy lawns
As our mothers call to us
Behind cigarette smoke
To come in for some
Good old-fashioned
Mexican takeout.

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This article has 5 comments.

on Jan. 14 2013 at 1:25 pm
CWells_521 DIAMOND, Greene, New York
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Favorite Quote:
The best things in life are unseen, that's why you close your eyes when you kiss, cry, or dream.
What doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger.

I love the line, "We are urban decay in a cornfield backdrop." ! Great job on this.

on Nov. 12 2011 at 8:44 pm
samiikay SILVER, Olive Hill, KY, Kentucky
5 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Happiness, you see, its just an illusion of Fate, a heavenly sleight of hand designed to make you believe in fairy tales. But there's no happily ever after. You'll only find happy endings in books. Some books."
-Ellen Hopkins

this was simply amazing. 

it definatley painted a picture in my mind.


on Oct. 24 2010 at 7:45 pm
fearlesslybeyourselff SILVER, Solon, Ohio
5 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
There is only one you for all of time. Fearlessly be yourself.

this is amazing! i love the voice you put behind the words

on Jul. 24 2010 at 9:57 pm
little_miss_sunshine13 BRONZE, Cleveland, Tennessee
1 article 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
Impossible is only an exuse not to try

i absolutley love it! this article deserves more than two comments! i love your perspective and your writing has a freindly, kind feeling. you have successfully made my day:)

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on Jul. 8 2009 at 2:38 pm
SaraB. GOLD, Phoenix, Arizona
12 articles 6 photos 215 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Whatever you are, be a good one" Abraham Lincoln

Good job, I love how you talked about stuff that seems so ordinadry, but made it sound beautiful.