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how to build a house    (Continued)

find someone whose eyes shine
bright; artificial contacts work as well –
they're there to replace stars that
you have already forgotten.

raise two.five kids,
watch them revel in that patch of
grass out front and never
tell your antsy little boy
about the forest out back (and a
couple of years ago).

feed them a steady diet of
marshmallow puffs and corn puffs
and cheese puffs and pray to yourself
they don't end up puffing a pipe.

follow the end of your youth,
through their beginning –
substitute sugarcane for the saccharine
goodness of daytime TV,
math + math = 2(math).

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4 comment(s)
Amazing! I'm really glad I got to read this, thanks a lot.
Mar. 11, 2015 at 4:56 AM • Report
You are an amazing poet. The imagery and your concise word choice and the ending are all perfect. It's stunning and brilliant. I'm really impressed.
Apr. 02, 2013 at 12:12 PM • Report
I love the ending, it gave me the chills!
Mar. 20, 2013 at 1:53 AM • Report
i first read this poem in the print edition right next to my own ("After-Thought") and my first reaction was to be ashamed at having my own poem on the same page, or even in the same issue, as if the quality is even somewhat comparable.  so i immediately opened teenink just to say that this piece is shocking and progressive and soberly provacative.  it strikes me as a form of graceful and subdued protest, yet it's the furthest thing from pretentiousness -- this piece is as genuine as it gets.  this is the best piece by a teenager i've ever read, and i thank you so much for writing it.
Dec. 11, 2012 at 8:20 PM • Report