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


Although a love is strong

And grasps you by the hand

It can lead you in the wrong direction

Leaving you alone to stand

No one admitted there was a problem

Love made them ignore it

They said I was wrong

When I approached it

I wanted to help

I wanted to care

I wanted to love

But it just wasn't there

We live in silence

And the problem grows

Why we let it slip

No one knows

Someday it will be alright

But until then

I am a prisoner

of the ignorance

It's all a pack of lies

One we can't escape

Until the one we love


The Lie is a poem that I wrote about my father who is an alcoholic. I feel that writing this has allowed me to let go of many feelings and let me share them with those who have the same problem.

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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alaina N. said...
Jul. 22, 2009 at 2:44 am
wow..this is really good
i can see from this one poem that you're an amazing writer.
Kali M. said...
Jul. 6, 2009 at 7:03 pm
its amazing how one writer can reach so many people.
thats how i know that you're a great writter.
mallory14 said...
Jun. 17, 2009 at 11:13 pm
This poem is really sad! but a very excellent poem!
DinosoarJen This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 23, 2009 at 9:05 pm
My dad is also.
My parents used to fight a lot.
I don't usually write about that because I can hardly remember.
But some days I can feel it inside me again like it's still happening. :/
snoopy4me<3 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 23, 2009 at 8:21 pm
this is really good! i think your message is really realistic and inspiring =)

one correction, though: "alright" isn't a word =/
it's actually "all right"

good job!
PerfectImperfection replied...
Mar. 27, 2010 at 11:23 am
I apologize to inform you but "alright" is actually a word. Though "all right" is the proper use of the term, "alright" is a shorter version for only specific use, in this poem it is proper to use "alright" instead of "all right" because of the word construction, or diction.
LilJ<3 said...
May 23, 2009 at 4:50 pm
wow. this is beautiful. your words are so true and so many can relate. I have loved people who have had problems and its hard to see them hurting themselves and making empty promises...I can tell through your words that you are a strong person...keep on going, keep on sharing, and keep on living.... you are an insparation to all...:)
Jackie :)
bookhugger14 said...
May 23, 2009 at 1:16 pm
this poem was amazing i could really feel the emotion and understand it well! i am so sorry about your dad... and i do understand about how the problem will not go away until that loved one dies, which is a sad and almost a good thing all at once. :)
Jackie K. said...
May 22, 2009 at 2:47 pm
You ain't alone there i can relate my dads a bad alcoholic among other things. Hes dieing because of it just stay strong ital be ok.
Kumang said...
May 5, 2009 at 9:16 am
i like it
Brndi said...
Apr. 23, 2009 at 8:09 pm
this poem is very good
YeseniaG said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 1:52 am
Great piece. Truly moving.
yana M. said...
Apr. 6, 2009 at 9:37 pm
i love this poem. i can relate, and i think in a way everyone can.Great job!
Alaira said...
Mar. 23, 2009 at 3:49 pm
there's a lot of emotion in this piece and it was well written
Duckie430 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 18, 2009 at 12:57 pm
really sad but really good, and i'm so sorry about your father
sallysunshine said...
Mar. 4, 2009 at 12:21 am
this is the best poem i ever read and think you have talent and i also showed to my friend and love it and keep writing!!!!!!!
mina R. said...
Feb. 22, 2009 at 8:10 pm
itis realy amazing because maybe it will help someone to overcome his desier for alcohol
iloveCJ said...
Jan. 20, 2009 at 1:30 am
my dad is an achoholic too. that poem is very touching to me. i am glad that i read it
darkdecives thenaked eye said...
Nov. 24, 2008 at 11:45 pm
My father was once an achololic him self but he has found the light. and he has been sober for a year now.
Quinzie said...
Nov. 19, 2008 at 6:11 pm
That's touching. I think you really have a great poem here. My freinds dad is an alcohalic and he won't stop either.
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