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The American Dream This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Amy H, Wichita, KS

It is the American Dream
What we all strive for and imagine
Indouble-wide trailers to double-wide mansions
In sprouting lakes of fake fish.
Nothing captures its essence
Unbound by time or dust or rot
The thingswe cherish still are lovingly patted
And brought through thecenturies.

It is more than a dream now
It's a reality that the millionshave made
Our heart and soul builds the heaven on earth.
A refuge for thesick,
And a shelter for the needy,
It is everything we desire.

Inthe cherry trucks and laughing children
To indolent teenagers with smokecircling
We see our dream and the actuality
It may not be perfect, but itis our heaven
And so disillusioned we conjure forth our hope.

In thepicket fences we see our childhood
In the sky we see our adulthood
And inthe middle we see our life.
Suspended, but not contained,
It is the dreamthat wakes within us all.

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16 comment(s)
This article is definitely marvelous. However, what I would prefer if you talk more about the core of American Dream, talking deep downn into the core of the American Dream can really enchance the tone and instead make it reminiscent.
Aug. 28, 2015 at 11:01 AM • Report
I believe that its a good poem but the real american dream you right about has more layers then one. Peal them back to get to the center then you will have a truly heart touching peom
Jan. 15, 2015 at 10:53 AM • Report
Nov. 22, 2014 at 8:06 AM • Report
Awesome! I'm trying to get better and would love some constructive criticism. Would you mind checking out my work? teenink.com/poetry/free_verse/article/678285/Under/
Oct. 02, 2014 at 10:42 PM • Report
I'm honored, that you shared this. Thank you; know that someone looks up to you and you are a treasure.
Jun. 19, 2014 at 10:51 AM • Report
K, I really like the poem but did you mean to run those words together? Or is it a typo? A little confused here
Jun. 03, 2014 at 9:33 PM • Report
Wow incredible! Keep up the good work :D
Mar. 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM • Report
great read
Feb. 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM • Report
I could really picture everything that was said! I love the vivid imagery!
Dec. 21, 2013 at 9:55 PM • Report
The last stanza is the best, but the rest of it doesn't seem to flow entirely (message wise, not in words). But all in all it's a pretty great poem.
Nov. 06, 2013 at 5:19 PM • Report