To Think of Nothing This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

September 17, 2009
They tell me to think of Nothing,
To empty my mind and focus on Nothing.
But it’s hard to focus on Nothing.
Because if there’s Nothing,
Then what do I focus on?

They gave me a picture of Nothing,
And then asked me what it looked like.
I told them, “Nothing.”
And they said,

A blank paper … it was Nothing?
But even a paper is Something.
So how could it have been Nothing?
How could I have been right?

So, when I got a chance,
I took a crayon and colored all over Nothing.
When I was done, I thought,
There, now. Nothing’s finally Something!
But can you really change Nothing?

“Nothing is nothing,”
They told me.
“Think of Nothing,
Focus on Nothing.
White is Nothing.”

But white is Something.
It’s a color.
And Nothing is Something too.
Because if Nothing was nothing,
Then nothing wouldn’t be Nothing.

So therefore Nothing is Something.
Just like blank paper is Something,
And white is Something.
Nothing has to be Something too.
And that Something is Nothing.

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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Thatdaydreamer This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 27, 2012 at 9:19 am
very thoughtful but not overwhelimg, this is so well-written:)
Volcanic This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm
I really like this. (: Great poem.
LeilaniLives said...
Nov. 8, 2009 at 3:12 pm
I was thinking something like this a few weeks ago as well. I love the way you built the story within the poem. This sounds kind of like my poem "Feels like It's Raining." I have two poems titled that, but the poem should begin "Why does tonight feel like it's raining?" It has the same idea yours has. The reverse what's true but what could be questions?- anyways, I'd love you to comment mine and tell me what you think.
WhoKnows said...
Oct. 13, 2009 at 6:46 pm
This is amazing. it puts everything in perspective. we were actually just talking about this a few days ago - how nothing is everything and everything is nothing
Just_Breathe replied...
Oct. 14, 2009 at 5:20 pm
This is really good, thanks for making me think. :)
Kitten111 said...
Oct. 2, 2009 at 2:29 am
LOL awesome ...... you remind me of an old friend i havent seen in a long time she always talked like that ... thanks :) your a really kool writer keep it up
<3$~DarkAngel~$<3 said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 9:53 pm
this poem will make me think for a while... i loved it thank you for sharing it
smartypantsscorpio22 said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 2:48 pm
I really like this! It really does make you think....
dylonmichael said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 2:47 pm
i loved it its well written and its the truth
mallory14 said...
Sept. 17, 2009 at 7:01 pm
this is a really good poem, i like it a lot
Xavier R. said...
Sept. 17, 2009 at 5:06 pm
Makes you think a bit. I liked it
Jesse A. said...
Sept. 17, 2009 at 4:48 pm
thats exactly how i think!! no one else agrees with me
Centennial C. said...
Sept. 17, 2009 at 2:51 pm
In some crazy original way, this makes sense. I think there's so many ways you can interpret this as a reader which truly makes it wonderful. It's really, as Sammi L. puts it, honest and unique.
slaubster409 replied...
Sept. 20, 2009 at 1:00 pm
Why thank you Centennial C.
CentennialPaige replied...
Sept. 20, 2009 at 5:36 pm
Why, you're welcome slaubster409.
Sammi L. said...
Sept. 17, 2009 at 1:54 pm
I really liked this poem--it was very creative. I think it was so honest and unique.
Veritytrue replied...
Sept. 17, 2009 at 9:51 pm
I think this is a very clever poem. It takes a twist on SOMETHING you take for granted and makes it into SOMETHING new. I really like it!
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