The Solitary This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

September 19, 2013
you see them
in the corners
in the crannies of the lunchroom
you see them
sitting with their backpacks

and they eat quickly
racing the clock so they
can run to the library
they eat quickly so they
can go back into hiding
in the pages of a book
or behind a computer monitor

and they hunch over their food like
a small wild animal
that wants to finish before
its dinner is taken away
by something bigger

like a small wild animal
that must eat
before it is eaten
and they curl up into themselves
when strangers
pass by
like they are worried
that someone will interrupt them

or even worse
that nobody will

and they stare at the table
like they don’t want to be seen
they stare silently at the table
or dart quick glances around the room
the roaring rowdy room
like they’re being watched

they aren’t

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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MysetiousErudite said...
Apr. 22, 2016 at 2:19 am
How can I write and be published like you??? You're so good
BeilaThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Mar. 2, 2015 at 10:21 pm
You broke my heart. Sometimes, they are. I'd like to think I am not the only one who can see.
madison-ave said...
Oct. 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm
i'm obsessed with this it's so lovely
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