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When You're Too Old for Elementary School This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Valerie L., Oakville, Canada By Rolledthestone, Nowhere, Canada

Empty halls,
squeaky floors,
barren walls,
closed doors.
The smell of finger paint
lingers in the air,
the sound of voices is faint
but there.
Vacant classrooms,
a chalk dusted board,
unused brooms,
seemingly ignored.
Wooden desks with scratched in doodles,
a still and silent cafeteria,
where food fights once raged with noodles,
now on the floor forming bacteria.
The air of learning,
is fading fast,
nothing can fill the yearning,
of wanting to go back to the past.

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8 comment(s)
You know when you're little and you just can't wait to grow up and then when you're older you miss being a child? This was a great portration of that in my mind.
Jun. 25, 2013 at 6:41 PM • Report
I really loved what you did with the rhymes. :) Write on :) 
May. 07, 2013 at 6:37 AM • Report
I really like the imagery and how it rhymes. Great job.
Mar. 31, 2013 at 9:49 PM • Report
I decided to check out this piece after seeing it'd been published in the magazine, and I must say it was definitely deserving. I loved the sense of nostalgia that you were able to put in the poem (at least that's how it was for me). Your rhythm is really nice and it was full of powerful imagery. Thank you for your feedback on my poetry!
Mar. 31, 2013 at 9:40 PM • Report
I love this! I totally agree and can relate. 
Feb. 27, 2013 at 4:18 PM • Report
This is so true.
Jan. 26, 2013 at 1:25 PM • Report
I want back!  Hey, remember recess?  Snack time?
Jan. 23, 2013 at 5:11 PM • Report
Totally agree! Somtimes I want to go back to being in like third grade when everything was so much easier! This is a really good poem the descriptions really help you picture everything.
Jan. 09, 2013 at 1:34 PM • Report