I'm Not Afraid This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

May 28, 2009
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I'm not afraid to fall from the sky
secured only by my feet.
It doesn't frighten me to endure
fire's radiating heat.
I do not fear the grip of strangers
or weather catastrophe.
I never cower in the dark –
I prefer it, actually.
Spiders: you don't scare me.
Ghosts: I can't be spooked.
Gory Halloween masks:
I wouldn't have even looked.
Anxiety doesn't plague me
when I consider death.
I'm not alarmed of the moment
when I'll breathe my final breath.
But boys, on the other hand –
Oh God, please NO!
Their words are so complicated,
their thoughts, a fatal blow.
Butterflies dance in my stomach
when I dream about one night,
he'll look at me, grab my hand
and squeeze it really tight!
I can't bear to finally tell him
about how I truly feel.
I know he will reject me,
and from that, I will not heal.
Boys are like piranhas
that eat away at your soul.
They try to shatter my heart
to keep it from being whole.
I can handle anything.
You name it, it won't come near!
But boys, horrible boys,
are my greatest and only fear.

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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ramberryshakes said...
Jul. 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm

that was beautiful ! it was cute , and rhythmic ; and furthermore , the rhymes weren't forced at all . they seemed to flow effortlessly . you're a wonderful writer , and although your idea for this might be simple and - as some people might wrongly suggest - childish , it is actually complex and mature . it's like a girl's favorite nursery rhyme . (: congrats on this , you did a wonderful job .

if you'd like , maybe you'd like to check out a few of my pieces . they didn't get publ... (more »)

circler This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 30, 2010 at 2:14 pm
Thank you. :) I had insecurities putting in online... I thought no one would read it. I still do think it's childish, I wrote it while looking at this guy I had a crush on for the longest time in grade school, haha :p But thanks so much for your insight! I'll definitely take a look at your work.
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