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

October 21, 2009
It started with words
not sticks or stones
But look at her
just skin and bones

She thought she could be beautiful
if only she was thin
First an empty stomach once
and then again, again

They laughed at her, that's all it took
to decide she'd show them all
But instead of standing strong
she tripped and took the fall

She's handing over everything
on an empty silver plate
Exhibit A for all to see
today that's what she ate

Just one less pound she promised,
she wouldn't fail herself
But now that isn't good enough
each goal a bigger wealth

Standing at the crossroads;
life and death as ends
Confused and beaten down
she can't see past the bend

She's lost and slowly fading
hunger and will collide
Two paths and no way back
a battle fights inside

The choice is hers
to lose or win
And on the choice
her life depends

It started with words
not sticks or stones
But see her now –
just skin and bones.

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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A_Dreamer said...
Apr. 25, 2010 at 6:58 pm

This poem is sooo meaningful!

The story in this poem is amazing.

Angel of Grief said...
Feb. 6, 2010 at 5:09 pm
I love this poem, so so so much. :) We read it in our Creative Writing class, where we get a monthly issue.
Angel_of_Envy replied...
Feb. 6, 2010 at 5:24 pm
(okay, just made my account lol).
I can't say i...liked...the ending, but it was great. :D
Fallenrose said...
Jan. 27, 2010 at 8:33 am
beautiful and strong i love it and its so powerful and i wondering if you can checkout my poems
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Dec. 29, 2009 at 4:02 am
Very True, Beautiful, && Strong.
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thalia847 said...
Dec. 28, 2009 at 10:20 pm
Very inspiring, beautiful and powerful! i love it
BadDreamsComeFrom... said...
Dec. 28, 2009 at 6:56 pm
wow very inspiring! great job
Jenn said...
Dec. 28, 2009 at 2:54 pm
This is really beautiful, good work, Very inspirational..
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