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

I am not what you think I am.
I am not a tall, forceful woman making the decisions of her
   own mind and body.
I am a young girl taken advantage of by the world in which I
I am a victim of a complication of the brain,
not the complication that is victimizing you.
I am neither the sticks nor the stones.
I am the skinny bones you found me as because names
   and images can hurt me.

I am not the cargo ship.
I am the package that was enclosed, stamped, and shipped
I am not the knife that cut into your finger while you were
   preparing our food.
I am the cucumber sliced into pieces.

I am not the tornado;
I am not the storm.
I am the house spinning out of control, the windows drenched in rain.

I am not the teacher.
I am the student.

Dad, I know that your blood vessels are enflamed, your muscles frozen,
when someone tries to hurt me.
But enemies aren’t always tangible.

You once pushed me on the swings, but now I have to make it to the
   top on my own. Dad, you have to guide me with the gentle warmth of
   your fingers wrapped around mine, not the forcefulness of your palms
   against my shoulders.

Dear Dad, please continue to learn how to love me.
I love you.

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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shreya756 said...
Oct. 11, 2010 at 1:55 am
This was really touching.
kristinaaa said...
May 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm
This was so touching !
alli.babi. said...
Nov. 14, 2009 at 9:45 pm
this was a great poem. it reminds me of me and my father.
JaseC said...
Jul. 3, 2009 at 1:12 am
better than my stuff
Sabrina Shines said...
Jul. 2, 2009 at 11:57 pm
Beautiful, I cried. <3
Annmarie said...
Jul. 2, 2009 at 10:10 pm
It's a beautiful poem...reminds me in a way of the perfect relationship I used to have with my dad before everything went wrong...
Shannon M. said...
Jul. 2, 2009 at 4:15 am
This is really amazing
Kelseym said...
Jul. 2, 2009 at 2:21 am
This is a very good piece. For sure five stars.
Thisbe H. said...
Jul. 1, 2009 at 9:54 pm
This is beautiful but hard to deciher
sunsetclimber said...
Jul. 1, 2009 at 9:28 pm
the visual imagery was terrific. i'm sure everyone has felt like that once in their lives, i know i have. Great piece of work!
FracturedAngel said...
Jul. 1, 2009 at 1:19 am
Like many of the others have said before me, this poem is very relateable. this poem sounds like the exact feelings i have towards my father. and it was written beautifully.
Farah S. said...
Jun. 30, 2009 at 1:23 am
wow that was deep i can relate to it in away of ishing my father was there for me
Scornedtruth said...
Jun. 28, 2009 at 10:19 pm
THis is great. IT's so relateable. For me personally and for so many others because the feelings you expressed are universal. It's really well written.
-Megz- said...
Jun. 28, 2009 at 2:42 pm
I absolutely loved it!
great job :]
Rose W. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 28, 2009 at 1:41 am
That is great. So true, so well done
Jennifer M. said...
Jun. 27, 2009 at 11:40 am
wow i was cryinng it was so goood!
peacenow17 said...
Jun. 30, 2009 at 5:51 pm
This poem is so beautiful. It reminded me of my own dad, except for the last part.
volleychick said...
Jun. 26, 2009 at 2:13 pm
i love this it is AMAZING it brought tears to my eyes!!! great job
individualJess said...
Jun. 24, 2009 at 7:26 pm
absolutly beautiful
dakota T. said...
Jun. 24, 2009 at 4:14 am
i loved this this is amazin work this reminds me of my dad and me and how we used to play when i was little
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