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February 9, 2010
Swallow hard. Eyes on feet.
Move down the hallway
Without tripping. It's the

First day.

I'm lost again
Bell going to ring when I
See you on the other side looking

At me.

Thumbs in pocket, chatting with your friends
My heart skips a beat
But the thing is, your eyes are


Never seen you before
You're talking with a girl
She can't keep her eyes off you. You're

Not for me.

What's this feeling
I can't understand?
To want somebody to

Hold me?

Reach for the same apple at lunch
Our fingers brush
Electric shock, why can't I

Let go?

They say no hell hole
Is deeper than high school
You’re the one to take me


Can’t think about anything
But you. What the hell
Has happened, this is so

Not me.

Parents keep asking
Why I smile at nothing.
What’s wrong with her? Is she


But I can't let them know
Or they'll hold me here
White doors, the prison that already

Traps me.

At midnight it's jail break
I'm out of here,
The end of the street. Please

Free me.

Take my hand
It's my first kiss!
My heart with an arrow

Shot through.

But then Dad's hands are on my shirt
Shoves you back,
Thought he was too slow to

Get me.

Dad rants at me
Opium wars. Hiroshima
How your ancestors tried to

Kill me.

But does he see
That with these words
It's he who blows up my heart

Before me?

Crying alone
Just a girl. It's a
Big big world. Why so hard to be

Just me?

I am young
My heart is mine
The sting of Dad's words still

Touch me.

Dying inside
Run through the rain
Can't wash away the feelings that

Hurt me.

Dinner the next night. Dad ignores me
I crush my fortune
Cookie before I realize it's trying to

Tell me.

"Follow this dreaam."
Just a white slip of paper
The spelling's even wrong

But am I?

Kneel in front of mirrors
Fingers trace down cheek
This girl I see, dark hair and eyes

Is me.

But you. Who are you?
Not just the boy
Blue eyes and ruffled hair that

Held me.

Something more.
Your wit, your love
Does the outside determine who you are


Can't give up
Wasn't meant for this cage
My heart doesn't fit. Please just wait

For me.

Because it's only you, around
Whose neck
My arms fit


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SeeMeSmile said...
Apr. 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm


brought tears to my eyes, i love your style!! (:

forbiddenxwords said...
Mar. 5, 2010 at 9:20 am
Hello sorry it took so long to comment) Other than this is a great poem, wish i can write this way too :)
swimstar28 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 2:58 pm
I mean it, I LOVE IT! I wish I could write like this, its very powerful!
swimstar28 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 2:17 pm
amazing! I love it! I love the flow of it and how the narrators feeling are so familiar to every one of us!
RainieLee replied...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 2:21 pm
Thanks for commenting!
Vivallaa replied...
Mar. 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm
wow, i want to know so much more about what happened. i know exactly how you feel.
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