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  Teen Daughter on a School Night
by Lloyd Lofthouse
Monday, September 07, 2009
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Taking a homework break

Seventeen daughter
Sits at a single computer
Alone in a gray room
In the company of homework
Taking a break
Watching YouTube Music
Singing to a stapler
High voiced and transported
To the Hollywood Bowl,
The Greek Theater,
Broadway on stage
For millions.

When youth's imagination dies
Due to drudgery and danger
Freedom flickers
Like a candle flame
Near the end of its wick.


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Reviewed by Barry Yelton (Reader) 9/8/2009
Well said, Lloyd. It seems to happen to most of us.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/8/2009
This is indeed a true and meaningful perspective, Lloyd. Thank you for sharing it. You (and perhaps your daughter) might want to check out my poem posted here at AD entitled, "Back to School." Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/8/2009
Hope, yet for our teenagers, if this write is any indication - well done, Lloyd!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Lori Moore 9/8/2009
Hopefully the wick never gets that low. Very nice.
Reviewed by Juliet Waldron 9/8/2009
Terrific poem, Lloyd! I can see her, and bless her lively imagination. Perhaps she'll save the world.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 9/8/2009
There's something terribly sad and empty in this situation and in the controlled, elegant telling of it. A fine poem.

Reviewed by Patricia Martin 9/7/2009
Ah. Yes. My imagination was beaten to a pulp, only to raise its rather alien head while I'm playing the back nine. I wonder where I would have gone with my imagination, my candle burning at both its ends. Superb poem, Lloyd. Bravo.

Patti Martin
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