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

December 15, 2009
My tongue tastes
bitter and cold
at the back of my teeth –
I struggle to swallow
opinionated words and
sharp, slicing thoughts.
I'll refrain
exercise restraint
for weak sycophantic
courtesy is a lie
sugar coating truth (cavities will grow)
is just as bad
as frankness
so after many a thought
but few a word,
after contemplating
advantages and finding false friends –
the unreality we all drown in …
Next time,
I will let my tongue ride loose
kissing softly my lips and teeth
vocal chords ringing like the timely
resounding of bells
releasing my ideas like
restless birds from their cages.
I'll watch the jaws hit the floor
just enough time to prepare
for the blow.
I'll stand my ground
and embrace for impact of the consequence
bitter but unavoidable
easier taken like small doses of medicine
than to face on your death bed,
where beliefs
and all other veils
fall away
showing everything
and just as

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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CreepyKarma13 said...
Jul. 26, 2016 at 8:28 pm
Wow... that was deep. Good work.
ChrisJ This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm
It took me a bit to get used to the tone of this piece, but I ended up really liking and respecting it for its uniqueness. Please make sure to read some of my pieces too!
AdultSwim said...
May 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I just have to say it again. Good as.. 'heck.' Finally a poem about a topic that really matters. Don't you love being critized for ostracizing all the commonplace stupidity? Me too.

Keep it up, a scarce few of us actually get it. And doesn't it make you sick how popular all the other shoddy poems about love and fathers are? Jeeesus. Keep writing.

AdultSwim said...
May 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm


The first poem that isn't about ANGST! Nobody gives a... darn about your personal problems. This poem, I can actually relate to. Really eloquent, too. Nice vocabulary. Best poem I've read on here. Hands down.

IndigoE said...
Jul. 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

there's no-one i respect more than people who tell the heard, cold truth

...and that poem really good

Emily H. said...
Jun. 3, 2010 at 8:28 pm
This has such great meaning; and I like the flow of it.
Captain Dork said...
Jan. 20, 2010 at 12:08 pm
Interesting...please post more.
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