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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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30 comment(s)
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May. 05, 2017 at 2:35 AM • Report
Very good poem, I would just suggest you look over you next piece of work for any words that might have combined together.
Nov. 10, 2016 at 4:10 PM • Report
I like the idea, but the lack of proper spacing made it more confusing to read, and less enjoyable.
Aug. 14, 2016 at 1:57 PM • Report
I agree with you
Oct. 19, 2016 at 10:29 AM • Report
"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
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
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
wow this poem is really eye opening
Apr. 26, 2016 at 7:52 AM • Report
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
Jan. 07, 2016 at 12:15 PM • Report