A Second This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Scrambled by the toxins
destroyed by the fumes
he understands that all it takes
is a second

His liver slows down
and his lungs are accumulating carcinogens
but all he thinks about
is her

He knows what would happen
if at any given moment
he were to jerk a bit too fast
or look away in guilt

And he tells me everything
like I once wished he would
and even now
my mind splits in vertigo

He's foul-mouthed
and charming
His sense of humor is alarming
and he knows he has everything
he ever wanted

But he understands that all it takes
is that jerk
that puff
that drink
that broken heart

to lose everything he ever worked for.

And that

Makes him wise.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






Join the Discussion

This article has 5 comments. Post your own now!

Lucy(: This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 6, 2010 at 7:38 pm

i love how you got your inspiration, it shows how poetry really starts form the littlest things, and you put together such an amazing peopm.

check out my work too (:

 
Jana said...
Mar. 16, 2010 at 10:33 am
Great the piece, The best we all can do its to live like this could end in any second because that's actually the truth.
 
Ariana*Tav This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 16, 2010 at 5:28 pm
thank you = )
 
RiaLovesBA This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 28, 2009 at 6:36 pm
simple yet deep
 
ArianaT This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm
thanks mom xD
 
bRealTime banner ad on the left side
Site Feedback