The Words on My Wall MAG

October 25, 2012
By Sonoma Moskowitz BRONZE, Baltimore, Maryland
Sonoma Moskowitz BRONZE, Baltimore, Maryland
1 article 0 photos 0 comments

another clipping
another poem
(this one’s called A Fresh Pair Of Eyes)
to tape up on my wall.
my whole wall will be a collage of words
from all around the world,
and by all kind of people.
there’s one i especially like.
it’s called I Don’t Want To
by Azalea Brennan
from Valley City, North Dakota.
it’s about that addiction writer’s have –
that addiction to the pen.
in fact,
i love them all.
i love to run my fingers through them
(most of the clippings
hang off of my shelf
on my wall, dangling and swaying)
and feel them flicking against my skin
like butterfly wings
as they flit away.
i’ll move on
to press my paint-smeared fingertips
against my own wrinkled papers
and scribbles
and compare them to the ones on my wall.
are they better?
are they worse?
well, who cares.
they’re mine.
unlike the 2-D clippings on my wall
and hanging off my shelf,
i can actually feel the ink strokes
and see the smears of ink and lead
on the side of my hand.
and who knows?
maybe one day
my name
will be written at the bottom
of one of those

Similar Articles


This article has 1 comment.

on Dec. 6 2012 at 10:37 pm
sapphire_sora GOLD, Evanston, IL, Illinois
12 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
don't write themselves), so if there appears to be a significant lack of short stories on my profile, that's probably why. (Hooray for misuse of the personal quote box.)

I just stumbled across your poem in the magazine and I wanted to say, I do exactly the same thing. For almost a year now I've been cutting my favorite poems out of the Teen Ink magazine and sticking them up on my wall. I love everything about them--the words from people I've never met that still manage to connect to me, the way they flutter in the wind when I leave my window open. I even have the same one you mentioned, I Don't Want to. It's really amazing to think that someone else does exactly the same thing I do, and even has that very same poem on display on their wall... I love your poem, and I wanted to let you know that it now has a special place up on my wall.


MacMillan Books

Aspiring Writer? Take Our Online Course!