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Respect your elders This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Micah K, Brookline, MA

Here’s a fact,
We’ve all got grandmas.
Some are big, some are small,
Some are short and some are vast,
and they’re all stuck in the past,
with one foot wiggling with the jump and jive of
bebop dive
and one foot wrinkled and regal,
with veins like the mighty Mississippi emptying out into
cluttered apartments
filled with muttered crossword hints
and stuttered breath mints so
whether she’s a cheek-pinching, bridge-playing maniac or
no more than a shadow on your mantelpiece
she’s out there somewhere,
and she loves you.

So when you’re out cruising till dawn,
Numbing your mind with
Black tar

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