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

July 1, 2009
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Physical confrontation is not my style.
Verbal abuse ain’t how I roll.
Instead, my weapon of choice is nothing but a pen.
Not for launching dart-like projectiles at my enemies,

but rather to rip them to shreds
on a piece of lined paper.
I’m invincible, they are no match for me
or my ultra slick Bic click-able.

I’m like Judge Judy,
with the way I can call you an idiot
and you can’t say anything back.
Try to get a word in edgewise – oh wait, you can’t.

I’m like Dr. Phil,
with the way I can easily pick out your problems,
but there’s nothing wrong with me! I can’t fix any
but I can surely make you aware of ’em.

I’m like Oprah Winfrey,
how easily I can lie to your face
about how I love your new novel.
The way you used third person narration was brilliant!

I’m like Jerry Springer,
with my cunning attempts to incite a riot.
I’m just an innocent bystander, right, guys? Maybe it will look
more convincing if I break up this altercation with mace.

Any day, any subject, my pen is there.
He’s not biased like everyone else.
I just let it flow, sometimes without even thinking:
like this inanimate object is an extension of – me.

I’m thinking of naming him,
like those creepy old ladies who name their thousand cats
after their ancestors dating back from George Washington.
Fortunately, I don’t have a thousand pens; just

one. Until the inkwell is bled of color, I will never cease.
Our one-way relationship redefines the phrase “pen pal.”
I’ll write until I run out of paper, switch over to hemp if I have to;
Because like the Declaration of Independence,

I am free.

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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LittleOldMe said...
Oct. 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Wow. Very well written! 
RandomPoet said...
Oct. 2, 2012 at 7:58 am
I love it! This is an amazing peice of work!
despurlock This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 19, 2012 at 11:39 am
I love this! Fantastic, brilliant piece! I love the way it flows andI love the style!!!!
Quinnton said...
May 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm
This was a brilliant poem that you've written! I would like to ask a favor - if you have the time, could you read my work and give me advice on how to improve my writing? I would be very grateful.
maggie_m said...
May 1, 2012 at 10:38 am
Good job! This was creative. I liked how you used similes to compare yourself to all those famous people and the metaphor about being free. keep writing
White_Trash843 said...
Feb. 3, 2012 at 4:15 am
This is amazing you are a great writer!!!!
laurensoccer This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 1, 2012 at 6:53 pm
This so creative and thoughtful. Keep writing!!!!
Fia-fia said...
Jan. 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm
This is brilliant.... i love writing and this just sings to me....... beautiful and brilliant. You are right in every aspect..... the pen versus the sword.... just lovely. Thank you! :)
Anonymous_7 said...
Oct. 16, 2011 at 10:48 pm
Very good! I feel this way about my pen some times. I especially love the last paragraph! Great Job and Keep Up the Good Work!
lightning13 said...
Oct. 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I Like this(: 

I love how you compared it to all the famous people 

Powd3er said...
Dec. 7, 2009 at 2:55 pm
This poem has great flow and insight.
I really enjoyed it.
Lovely poem darling =]
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Felicia replied...
Mar. 21, 2010 at 6:48 pm
okay you know what the point of commenting is to comment not comment and be nice so they will check out your work
this is really good
from wat i got is your pen is youir weopon that keeps you killing everythinh
Twilighter said...
Dec. 4, 2009 at 3:22 pm
I LOVE this poem!! It's amazing, and I'm sure many people can relate! Keep writing!
Cady_ said...
Nov. 29, 2009 at 10:27 pm
Exactly what was worth writting and being published, this is what people look for, and espessially what I look for. Great words and way of usage that yo defined how you were like other people, not that you wanted to be like the,...Tagged as favorite, and FIVE stars.
Cady_ replied...
Nov. 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm
at the end near tagged as favorites; well before it I ment to put like them...Sorry lol.>Cady
Katherine H. said...
Sept. 4, 2009 at 5:52 pm
This is awesome!!!
wouldn't want to be on your bad side.
j/k lol
kissingdawn331 said...
Aug. 28, 2009 at 3:22 pm
wow i feel the exact same way
sarah.c This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 22, 2009 at 9:05 am
amazing poem.congratulations on the getting published!
Tatumn said...
Aug. 20, 2009 at 11:12 pm
wow. this one is my favorite. detailed and true:) wonderful.
Angelalala said...
Aug. 18, 2009 at 1:51 am
that was incredible i mean your choice of words was outstanding really great great poem i felt it
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