It's Raining Hair This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

September 7, 2008
it’s raining hair
in my room again.
an inch of thick brown hair that no one will ever miss
falls to the floor in clumps
as i read.

it’s raining hair
in class again.
the rubber bands, the silly putty, the clicky pen –
no match for the itch in my hands to
until i’m calm again.

it’s raining hair
on my bed again.
all i need is that one eyelash,
i swear.
it’s short, it’s sharp, it doesn’t belong.
just one, and i promise i’ll stop.
one more,
and the itch has won.
one more,
and the damage is done.

it’s raining hair
over my sink again
’cause my eyebrows needed a trim.
this time i’ll behave, mom, i’ll make sure it won’t get out of hand.
just let me get rid of that one there
and i promise this time i’ll keep all my hair.

but then the rain stops and the sun comes out,
revealing the effects of the storm.
it’s horrifying, it’s disgusting,
and i’m repulsed i stooped so low –
don’t i know it’ll take weeks to regrow?
so i vow to refrain,
but the itch drives me insane –
tomorrow’s forecast calls for rain.

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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smashing humans said...
Oct. 9, 2009 at 6:32 am
its raining hair. poem is about a girl on opiates for 1000 percent sure. tell me im wrong
kitkat522 replied...
Oct. 30, 2009 at 9:44 pm
you're wrong...i love this poem! it's beautiful and touching. it's about trichotillomania i really like the rhymes and the ending
MiyaQuille This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 16, 2010 at 9:59 am
i have trich too, but a much milder case than described in your poem. i've never known anyone else with it; it's nice to know i'm not alone :)
Sonja E. said...
Aug. 30, 2009 at 8:19 am
wow,very interesting poem!
Marquise B. said...
Mar. 21, 2009 at 11:11 pm
This is a really great poem! I'm sure you'll overcome the "rain". I love how powerful your point is!
robrobrobin11 said...
Mar. 2, 2009 at 9:09 pm
I love this, it's really really powerful.
Good luck, have faith and you will beat this!
nobull said...
Jan. 10, 2009 at 10:24 pm
A beautiful litle rainbow of a poem!
Talkative Chica said...
Jan. 6, 2009 at 6:30 pm
This was a wonderful poem....I really hope that you overcome your battle with the rain.
CABhahahaHPhahaTL said...
Jan. 3, 2009 at 6:24 am
I wish you the best of luck, I hope you'll see your sun once more!
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