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

Say you're caught in between,
Arrested.
Entangled.
Hooked on the dangling bait of uncertainty and security.

You say to yourself,
Idiot,
Remember the last time –
When you couldn't tell the difference ­between
A worm and a flimsy plastic feather?

Well, as the veins bulge out of your feet
As you stand in frustration straining to ­discern what you can,
Are you noticing the world sliding by?

Because the last time you bit, you lost:
You were thrown in a pail without regard
And left to asphyxiate slowly, gasping
For the air that you couldn't breathe.

Because you still cannot decide –
Was that learning, and what did it teach?
To swim toward a potential hook
Or starve?

So say you're caught in between,
Snared.
Captured.
Dreaming of other fish in the sea.

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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SaraB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 26, 2010 at 8:20 pm
Wow, that was really deep. I loved the fish metaphor (I was playing with the fish idea in my poem Never, Not Once). Good work, I can totally relate. :)
 
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