Asela Kemper

Black Button Eyes - Poem by Asela Kemper

My mom shouted,
“Let’s all have black button eyes!
Become creatures of imagination
And live in an animated utopia.
Show no emotions
Except for a smile.”

Horrified, I refused
to replace my ember eyes
for some plastic coins.
As I walked out the door,
The people of earth,
Had quickly changed

With arms and legs
as loose as
inflatable car ad balloons
swaying in the wind,
creepy smiles
like L’s,
and the black button eyes,
Everyone is now
made of moist and smooth
like the citizens of the Other World.

Including my own mother,

all worship
the orange-yellow polka dotted elephant,
And banned the Nobodys like me,
and Hogwart’s own Hagrid,
From their sanctuary
All because we refuse to have one thing:

Black button eyes.

Topic(s) of this poem: dream

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem was based on a dream I had in 7th grade. It was written for my poetry class last summer.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 7, 2014

Poem Edited: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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