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Alex Nabaum
Advice for Eight Grade

(that I would give myself if I could travel back through time)

By Jennifer Dignan
From the May 2020 Issue

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Advice for Eighth Grade

one

when you go to use

your beloved dopkeep

and realize it’s missing

                  don’t waste your time searching

                                    you are never going to find it

two

when you have the chance

to harillumdrum

but you’re not sure you will succeed

                  try it anyway—or be prepared to spend the next eight months

                                    wishing that you had

three

when Blickity Blap

tells you sha-la-la-la-la

and you feel upside down and inside out

                  take a very deep breath and repeat:

                                    “this is going to be okay” (which it will)

four

when you and Zap Dapper

get in a fight and

you burn with indignation

                  apologize, forgive; do not allow the end

                                    of such a long and valuable friendship

five

when you are tempted

to karfaffle-pring

sure that nothing too bad could happen

                  don’t try it

                                    just trust me on this one, okay?

This poem was originally published in the May 2020 issue.


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