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Song Of Myself

06/20/11 5:00AM
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In this week's Young Writers Project piece, Katelyn Jewell, an 11th grader at Mount Mansfield Union High School says she finds meaning in a world built entirely of words and says her creation was inspired by Walt Whitman's epic poem by the same name.  For more great student writing go to youngwritersproject.org


i.
I write myself, & I sing myself,

the self-proclaimed penniless poet

with an incurable hankering for the transcendental.

 

"Today I'm going to save the mother tongue,"

I say every morning over Irish Breakfast Tea & burnt toast.

I fracture & realign my sentences

for the sole purpose of assassinating

any renegade dangling prepositions.

 

Still, the best-known poets of our history

would scoff at my use of red thread

in mending broken dactyls.

 

I take the disrespect of ampersands as a personal offense

& agonize over which notebook to buy.

The last was bound in black leather

& the pages were edged with gold.

 

I am waiting for the proper words

to fill it.

 

ii.

The narrowest path --

though travelled sparingly --

leads to the widest expanse of possibilities.

 

I am on this road,

no longer with head down,

no longer with eyes glued to the track.

My soul-windows are open

to more than just what drifts straight before me.

 

The night between Cambridge & Underhill

is broken by three a.m. traffic.

This is where I walk.

 

I look not for pennies on the ground

but for dimes in the sky,

& I grow rich

though I never touch a cent.

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