Heartache This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.


I watch you and forget for a moment that

we are friends.

Sometimesyou seem like a stranger to me.

I can see when something is bothering you,

It is written in your eyes.

When you lack enthusiasm foreverything that once gave you joy,

I am scared.

Our private jokesyou don't laugh at,

And somehow whispering secrets doesn't matter.

All I can do is watch.



You are drifting away into a sea Idon't know.

I am helpless to save you.

At times like these I wishI wasn't your friend.

Maybe then it wouldn't hurt so much.

Iwatch with the sick fascination

That we used to have at horrormovies.

I want to cover up my eyes with my hands

And watch theaction from between my fingers,

But then you would know.



Ican see what you try to hide.

I notice all the pain that you bury.

I'm not trying to hurt you,

Only to let you know you're notalone.

I will listen when you talk to me.

I will be there when youneed me,

And when the burden can't be lifted by either of us,

Iwill get help.

I don't want to just watch.

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

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the January 2003 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.






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