How Many Times This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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     How many times do you have to blink
Before the tears begin to fall?
How many times do you have to give
Before you’ve given it all?
How ready do you have to be
Before you get your call?
How much pain do you have to suffer
Before you’re completely raw?

And how many tears do you have to cry
Before you’re free from pain?
How long do you have to give
Before there’s nothing left to gain?
How often do you have to listen
Before it all sounds the same?
How many times do you have to fall
Before you’ve lost your good name?

How much do you have to love
Before you can justly hate?
How often do you have to do right
Before you can make a mistake?
How many times do you have to push on
Before you can stop and wait?
How many paths do you have to follow
Before you know your fate?

How many times do you have to fail
Before you can succeed?
How many times do you have to let go
Before you’ve lost everything you need?
How long do you have to follow
Before you get the chance to lead?
How much do you have to sacrifice
Before you’ve done your good deed?

Just how long do you have to be still
Before someone can steal your heart?
And how long do you have to be together
Before you don’t have to part?
How long do you have to delay
Before you’re able to start?
How much damage do you have to take
Before you’re completely torn apart?

How long do you have to keep it all in
Before you can tell them how you feel?
How long do you have to let it alone
Before your wounds finally heal?
How long do you have to hesitate
Before you can make your dreams real?
And how much longer do you have to try
Before your life is sealed?

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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