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December 18, 2009
She sat, planted firmly in her chair
Knots twisting in her stomach like uncombed hair
differential equations speeding over her bowed head
akin to dripping snow that weary branches shed.

It was the agonizing wait for the camera flash
A burst of darkness amplified by her very rash
insistence to brave too little and hear too much
consequences of using cowardice as a crutch.

She thought of hurried steps, pushing her hair away
Darting eyes bracing for a rope about to fray
The timid edge of an animal, betrayed
by a predator unaware of his prey.

She sat, planted firmly in her chair
Running in circles, circles of imagined despair
Finding no way to muster the courage to walk ahead
She closed her eyes and screamed instead.

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kenna2013 said...
Jan. 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm
I loved it!!!!!!
KatEbby said...
Jan. 15, 2010 at 4:26 pm
I love this poem because the images are so real. I think that I know exactly how the subject feels because I have felt it myself. Great poem.
Daniel W. said...
Jan. 10, 2010 at 9:04 am
Wow! Very good. 5 stars.
Pillow replied...
Jan. 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm
This is so much description I don't get how the title fits the meaning. Help me.
stepherz This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 13, 2010 at 8:04 pm
I wrote this about anticipating seeing too much heartbreak (in the halls - pun on the phrase 'hall pass') and lacking the bravery to open my eyes. But, I think this could be applied to any situation involving sweaty palms and trembling legs.
Pillow replied...
Jan. 14, 2010 at 12:05 am
I see it now. Thank you. I guess my brain was just a little too fuzzy to see it when I tried to understand it.
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