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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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26 comment(s)
Arabpride
"American Dream"? There is no such thing! This an idea that has been mainstreamed into our minds... it's merely a figment of our imagination.
May. 18, 2016 at 11:46 PM • Report
joshwawr2
You did a great job using juxtaposition to show how the American dream has led to many different things for different people. Some people have taken the dream and become successful but others haven't fulfilled what they have dreamed of.
Apr. 26, 2016 at 8:59 AM • Report
rohanb05
I like how this poem covers America from all angles. It shows how people value certain elements of our country, and I agree. Great job!
Apr. 26, 2016 at 8:49 AM • Report
Rogateeeeer
wow this poem is really eye opening
Apr. 26, 2016 at 7:52 AM • Report
LexieM
you really captured the essence of all parts of America and not just one perspective. From the rich to the poor and just little things like a refuge for the sick. But I wonder why some of you your words are interlocked as one.
Jan. 29, 2016 at 1:36 PM • Report
FaZe_Raggy
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Jan. 07, 2016 at 12:15 PM • Report
FaZe_Raggy
love it it is cy
Jan. 07, 2016 at 12:14 PM • Report
sniper1012
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Jan. 07, 2016 at 12:15 PM • Report
aoliver
I feel like this is what America is all about. “A refuge for the sick, and a shelter for the needy.” This is my favorite line because it explains how America is our home and can pick us up when we fall down there is always something here to help us.
Nov. 05, 2015 at 8:45 AM • Report
5MatthewJM
I like this piece because it speaks the truth about the American dream. When you said “A refuge for the sick, And a shelter for the needy, it is everything we desire.” I thought about the poverty and sickness in the world and how it needs to change.
Nov. 04, 2015 at 12:59 PM • Report
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