I Can Already Hear The Slamming Metal This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

September 13, 2009
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I can already hear the slamming metal.
The sounds of squeals and laughs as we all hug each other again.
I can already hear the teacher's sighs.
Another year here is just beginning.
I can already see my classmates' assorted ­facial expressions.
The looks of the teenage years just going by.
We are powerless to stop them.
We are defenseless against them.
Them merciless against us.
The drama already oozing through the cracks.
The hearts already beginning to shatter.
The eyes already beginning to tear.
The wars already about to start.
But not me.
But not now.
Not this year.
Oh, no.
I'm not sinking again.
I'm standing my ground,
Remaining rooted in place,
Letting the rest flood on without me.
Go ahead.
I can already hear the slamming metal.
I can already hear the whispers.
I'm not going to let myself fall.
I will fly
Because that's what I'm meant for.
I am meant for better things.
It's already been proven.
I'm holding in a secret
That will set me free.
Let me touch the stars,
Grabbing one and blowing away the dust,
Leaving my eyes clear.
I'm not going to let anyone know.
Not going to let anyone see
What this has done to my soul.
I'm stronger, better.
Somebody I've always longed to be.
Nothing is in my way.
Let the wars be started.
Let the tears be shed.
Let the words be spat.
Let the beggars rot.
Let the drama evolve.
Let the rumors travel.
Let the fists fly.
Let the memories be made.
Let the friendships deteriorate.
Let the whispers echo.
Let the metal slam.
I can already hear it.

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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Nellie21 said...
Mar. 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm
This is some truly deep ish, it explains perfectly how school starts. Amazing, good job.
Aristine said...
Sept. 20, 2010 at 10:47 pm
This poem expressed nicely what many people feel at the impending start of school. :) I particularly like "Let me touch the stars" and the section where you made each word its own line. It was pulled off well.
goodtimesMeg&Molly said...
Oct. 12, 2009 at 9:16 am
I love the style you use in some parts of the poem when you have each word on a different line. it really brings out the meaning of the poem. again, this is great. :)
TheseEyesThatSeeTheWorld replied...
Oct. 12, 2009 at 2:01 pm
Thank you! Yeah, I wrote this the day before school started. I wasn't really looking forward to going back, so this came out. Thanks again.
Megan Anne S. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 24, 2009 at 3:39 pm
Hi everyone. Thank you for taking the time to read my poem.
Please leave a comment telling me what you think. Critism is welcome; I only want to get better.
Thank you!
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