The Ocean of Life This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

March 12, 2010
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Under this Target t-shirt
and under this pale cream skin
deep in this blood-red heart are

White flowers next to an ocean
swiftly beating against the field.

And though the water creeps on the shore
eating away at the innocent flowers,
one by one,
I'm still here. I'm still here.

And I still like to sing in the shower
into my shampoo bottle.

And watch Boy Meets World
and eat latkes as we open presents
on the third night of Hannukah.

And under this teenage skin
there is a mind that doubts
and a heart that loves,

and a Libra soul wondering,
struggling to find the balance
between acceptance and standing apart.

There is a sister and a daughter

and a big book lover
who used to turn off the lights
and read by the dim flashlight glow.

There is worry, too.
Worry deep as the ocean
that eats away at my inner self.

Wondering, who am I?
What will I be?

But even though the ocean of life laps
at my great worrying white-flower heart,
I am still me. I am still me.

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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CRAZYcubanSOLE said...
Dec. 2, 2010 at 6:29 pm
i will not even tell you how many times ive been in a state of mind like this-i really like it! keep it up :)
shes_an_underdog said...
Oct. 31, 2010 at 5:16 pm
awwwww :) that was amazingly beautiful :))) i loved it!!! words and all, that was very brilliant :D good job
Msrbl@Bst said...
Oct. 30, 2010 at 10:49 pm

so gorgeous! i love the last stanza. it really made me think. and the Boy Meets World reference was awesome. thats one of the best shows ever! XD great job!

Please look at my poem "The More" 

thank you! (:

nancyyy said...
Oct. 28, 2010 at 7:02 pm

The poem creates nice imagery of flowers and an ocean. Representing innocence and impending doom? Maybe? Atleast that is what first crossed my mind. But it seems to have a more cheerful undertone.

"I am still me. I am still me."

 I like this. :)

booknerd said...
Oct. 28, 2010 at 11:44 am
I really liked this! It was pretty, honest, and I liked the descriptions. It raises some good questions too! (by the way, I'm a libra too!) Could you check out some of my work? I don't write poetry but I could really use some comments and ratings! =)
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