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


The time has come ...
To tell you how I feel
The way you penetratebeneath
My skin.
How I hear your voice in my head
Nagging, complaining,or encouraging me

The time has come ...
To move on with my life
Totake a step forward
In a couple of weeks
I'll have learned to be on myown
Find out what's right and wrong
Through trial and error

The timehas come ...
To let you know you did a good job
And to set me free
Towatch me learn
As I make it on my own

The time has come ...
For meto recall
All the things you've taught me
Remembering when I got behind thewheel
The joy of excitement for me, and the rattling
Of your bones
Andyou wished you had a brake
Don't put the pedal to the metal
Just becautious and calm, you used to say

The time has come ...
To startpacking up my things
As you give me a hug,
Like when I went to my firstsleep-over
Afraid to let me go away for the night
Even though it was onlythree houses down
Staying with my dearest friend
Your hug was ever so shakyand long
Wish me good luck and
Don't worry I will call
For today I ammoving away

The time has come ...
To go off to college on myown
Like I've been waiting to do
Since I became a senior

No moreholding my hand
So I won't fall like I used to do when I
Was one ortwo
Or making all my plans
Telling me where I can and
Can'tgo
Or
The time that I had better
Be in
But it's time for me to befree
To spread my own wings
And find out where I will land
And to figureout exactly where I want to be
But it must be done on my own
As shaky as itmay be

The time has come ... I know, that I am ready.




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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