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

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   Afraid

Because I'm uncomfortable revealing how I feel;
Because I hate the way we make it seem like a big deal;

Because I'm scared to death of what the rest will think;
Because I'm terrified they'll say, "That really stinks.";

Because I want the praise that I don't think I'll find;
Because I start to think of what they're thinking in their minds;

Because I hate the ridicule I think they'll throw at me;
Because I'll be ashamed if mine is only worth a "D";

Because I'll be embarassed if the others are superior;
Because I'm petrified that mine will be inferior;

Because I feel so awkward when I read in front of a crowd;
I'm going to be afraid to read this poem out loud.

by C. E., New Haven, CT


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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Shahed said...
Feb. 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm
I LOVE THISS!!!!
amazing! gr8 job!
... man GOD BLESS! keep on writing..
i read it twice its so gr8!
.. check out my work i thnk we got somethin in common by the way we write
but u did gr8!
 
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