Song Of Myself
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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 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.
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.