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


I know him since I was a child,

I can remember it now -

The two of us playing in the dirt

Of the parks of Springfield.

Only three yours older than I,

He was like my own big brother

So I always looked up to him,

For he was so innocent, I thought.

Our friendship grew more and more

And once I became a teenager, his words

Became filled with warnings and advice.

I listened carefully to what he told me -

He warned me of the pressures I'd face

During my teenage years and on,

And how I was never to give in to them.

And I never doubted for a moment,

His words of wisdom, so full of concern.

Neither did I doubt his own belief

In what he was telling me.

I remember, especially, something he said

About the scariest thing I'd learn about -

Diseases. Deadly diseases of all kinds.

He told me I was to avoid them totally ...

Today I got a letter from my friend,

He wrote me from his hospital bed in Carleton -

He tells me he's very, very sick

With the AIDS epidemic.

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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Lexie96 said...
Nov. 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I was a bit weary about this for a bit, I wasn't sure what to expect, but then that last line was amazing, though at the same time very sad. Good work, though I might have worked a bit more with those last two lines, they are still powerful.

Check out my work sometime?

purple_people_eater said...
Aug. 19, 2009 at 3:15 am
i love the way you gave us such emotion in such a simple way. its not wordy or complicated, just truthful and amazing. it makes you think. keep writing!
Jessalynn said...
Aug. 7, 2009 at 9:19 pm
Woah, chills all the way to my toes from my nose. That is really good, but sad.
one_of_a_kind_girl said...
Jul. 7, 2009 at 5:04 am
wow, the last sentence gives u chills, it made me read it all over again
Kiersten.p.o said...
Jun. 13, 2009 at 12:45 am
this was really good. your way of saying exactly how you feel without actually writing it diwn is absolutly astounding. i really liked this poem and hope yo keep writing.
if you could could you rate and comment and all that jazz on some of my work?
Serena S. said...
May 14, 2009 at 9:29 pm
wow! that's very powerful and amazing
MariaMarie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 14, 2009 at 12:39 am
Wow... Whether it's true or not. You let the emotion flow and you gave us the feelings that should have been felt- without telling us what they were. A true gift.
nana.riley said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 4:55 pm
i really liked this poem..Is this true??
You really put it on put.

Well written. :)
cross-i'd-leopard said...
Apr. 18, 2009 at 9:03 pm
u are a master at subtext. u portrayed perfectly the point of the poem without saying it out outright, a difficult feat. That was so powerful, i got a wierd, emotional feeling in the pit of my stomach after I read it. I applaud you.
SarahNearol said...
Apr. 12, 2009 at 5:24 am
It is very powerful. I love the unexpected ending. Perfect!
YeseniaG said...
Apr. 4, 2009 at 1:58 am
Good work and it's very powerful. The word choice on the last two lines could use some work but other than that it's great.
AllieBee123 said...
Feb. 12, 2009 at 2:00 am
Wow...this is deep. I could feel the emotion in it. Very good job. [:
jessi-bearr said...
Aug. 13, 2008 at 2:56 am
i think you have an amazing talent and i hope you continue to write.
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