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It's cold and it's dark
And I have to jump in the water
The thought of this being my very last breath haunts my mind
As the icy cold breath of death touches the back of my neck

I have to jump in the water
And I know I have lived the expression, blood, sweat and tears
The marks on my back show just how hard I work
Work that has lasted for years

One meal a day just isn't enough
And I count those hours until I can eat again
These hours are starting to mock me now
And I can't wait to get back in the den
So I can eat again

The thought of my family fades
They aren't here when I shed a tear
When it rolls down my cheek
Off my chin, down my neck
Wishing it would be wiped away
By the hand of my mother

I have learned to wipe away that tear on my own
To not even wait for it to roll down my cheek
Still hoping that their hands will be there
To wipe it away one day

Every time I jump in the water
My heart begins to pound like a stone being hit by a hammer
And I dream of freedom, a secure blanket that lies on me
Filled with love, hope and peace

One day as dawn touches my eyes
A hand touches my shoulder
And a voice says, “Come with me, child,
it is all over.”

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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Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm:
I read this and was saddened by the words until the end. It really told a story, a dismal one. But the finish showed that their was hope. Great poem!
 
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TheSummoningFreak said...
Jun. 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm:
fantasic!! i love it
 
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karenlee said...
Nov. 19, 2009 at 6:48 pm:
How is it possible not to cry when you read this poem? I love every word of it.
 
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kla893@aol.com said...
Nov. 10, 2009 at 4:06 pm:
this poem gives me chills! awesome job :)
 
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e. mantikas said...
Nov. 7, 2009 at 11:53 am:
This poet is truly gifted!
 
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jplanet said...
Nov. 7, 2009 at 11:04 am:
along with the poet, i feel my heart pound!!!
 
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chellygen This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 7, 2009 at 11:01 am:
This poem shows the darkness but also the hope...
 
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