Don’t Kid Yourself This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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     Don’t kid yourself -
You were never pure.
Vulnerable, yes, but never pure.
Your soul is stained by the charcoal smoke
That swirls in tendrils,
Enveloping your face, your heart, your words -
Obscuring your intentions.
Your body is held together by trails of gleaming tar
Stretched like the truth
To accommodate your innocence.
Don’t you know by now?
I can see through smoke.
I can catch your gaze and tie it down,
Dissipating your clove-scented insincerities
To look into the gaping dark within -
I may be intoxicated, but not by you.
I am as lucid as the fiberglass shards
That crackle in your cigarette,
Aware of every strained breath
And every muted heartbeat
And every whispered promise.
Don’t kid yourself -
You were never pure.


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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HannSawyer15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 29, 2011 at 11:41 pm
Wow... I love it.
 
Debbie1 said...
Apr. 29, 2011 at 11:08 pm
I LOVE this!!!!!!! Great job!!!!!!
 
Kay M. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 18, 2009 at 2:05 pm
Your Poem is raw while still staying poetic.
 
AndThisIsReal said...
Feb. 13, 2009 at 3:03 pm
This is a wonderful poem.
Quite literaly.
It's truthful and yet still has this bluntness about it which was tactfully presented without any sugar coating at all.
Wonder work dear.
 
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