Teen Poetry Contest Winner for 2008
Rabia Saleem
McCracken Middle School, grade 8

Braces

My teeth are in jail.

They did a crime; they came out crooked.

Now they are ashamed of being exposed.

The deputy locked them up in chains.

He gave them a painful punishment and straightened them
Out.

The bail day isn’t until after two years.

They have a visitor every few weeks.

They get a new color of chains after several days.

After they have learned their lesson, they will become
perfect teeth.