is when someone takes a knife and
seizes a piece of your heart,
of who you believe in ...
they take that piece of you and they make you
they make you chew on it good and
they make you taste it
savor it a little bit
wonder about your own particular
they make you question yourself ...
then you begin to taste the bitterness
that is now a part of you
(how sour it is in your mouth, in your soul).
after all they put you through ...
then they make you swallow it.
by A. S., Westerly, RI
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.