See Hear Speak No Truth This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

October 27, 2009
Sitting within your cage
Wrapped in your bandages of ignorance
Duct tape with hearts drawn on them
Crisscross across your eyes
Headphones screaming pep talks
Of how great the world is
Cover your ears
The bandages that encase
Your entire body
Wrap around your mouth
Pressing lips to teeth
Teeth to tongue
And tongue to jaw
So that no words can come out
Are you happy being in that cage?
Are you happy never seeing, hearing, or saying


You could easily break free
Of the jail that


Have created
These bandages were wound tight
By your own hands so you
Wouldn't have to see the world
Wouldn't have to realize
That pain does exist
Happy endings rarely happen
And death is just a footstep away

But you won't
You would rather be ignorant
Than see what is truly around you
To block out the pain
You must also block out the beauty
So frightened in your little cell
Covered with your cowardliness
Like a small child
Afraid of the monster
Under the bed
You run away
Because you can't accept
That children are starving to death
That innocent people are killed
By someone who doesn't accept
Their religion
That someone who dares love
Another person of the same sex
Will be ostracized
That the pain you know is nothing
Compared to the pain that some
Have suffered through

War is happening
Disease is happening
Murder is happening
Suffering is happening
The world does not have peace
The world cries out at the pain
That its loved inhabitants suffer
But it cries even more
Over people like you
Who sit and smile in their cells
Of disregarding ignorance
Who wrap themselves up
With protective seals
So they won't have to worry
About the pain that happens outside

You are one who




No truth

But do you care?
Would you really free yourself?
I look at the world
And am forced to say
With a horrible feeling of grief
That I don't believe
You ever will

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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ChrisJ This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm
Genuinely thought-provoking and very well-written. What a wondeful job here, and congrats on the publication!
Kayseababy143 said...
Oct. 2, 2011 at 10:04 pm
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KaliKilledKarma said...
May 6, 2010 at 8:15 am
This is one of those poems that everyone needs to read. It could change lives... people's views on the world. Keep writing. Love it.
CarolynQ said...
May 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm
this is powerful and truthbearing. an amazing piece of work and congradulations on getting it published in the magazine :) check me out sometime!!
CarolynQ replied...
May 3, 2010 at 4:16 pm
Oh and plus, } really love the structure of this keep up the good workk
StevieRene said...
May 3, 2010 at 11:29 am
This is a piece of work that can change the world. This needs to be published. Brava Brava!!
more_weight This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm
Thank you! 
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