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I'm the suffocated coal miner
the teenage flatliner
that designated drunk driver

tossed underneath the wheels.

I'm the anorexic starver
the cancer patient's daughter
that once-perfect carver

hospitalized because she told.

I'm the widowed 22-year-old
the OI baby too fragile to hold
that one gambler who just can't fold
so he hides his addiction.

I'm the suicidal teacher
the sinful daughter of the preacher
that girl with not one skinny feature

whom everyone avoids.

I'm someone I wish I was not
the person counting the wars I've fought
that one right hook to get me caught

while I'm beating them out of me.

I'm all those people crammed into one
the last standing warrior who will have won
that idiot searching a puzzle that's already been done

all I was trying to find was myself.

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ChrisJThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm:
Very vivid and well done, good job!
 
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MeMadiGraceThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jul. 18, 2012 at 10:57 pm:
I LOVE this poem it's so simple and honest. I love how its raw simple truth not a lot of people write like this i love it <3
 
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waving_or_drowning said...
Jul. 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm:
This poem is amazing!!!! you are such an awesome writer!!! love it!!!!!!!!
 
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Poetry said...
Jan. 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm:
Love the poem!! Keep writing!! Honest and lovely!!
 
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connsgirl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm:
Thank you so much :) I really appreciate it :)
 
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UndeadHelloKitty said...
Oct. 11, 2011 at 3:12 am:

Wow, really loved this. You write beautifully. I love how truthful but sad it is, and how so many different people could find meaning in it.

I'm also impressed by how you made it rhyme without sounding cheesy or overdramatic. Thats something I really have trouble doing, lol :)

Keep writing, i would love to read more!

 
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Anonymous_7 said...
Sept. 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm:
good job. Keep writing! and would you ming checking out some of my work? Thanks.
 
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lauren.elizabeth. said...
Sept. 1, 2011 at 6:40 pm:
Wow! I really liked this poem. It was honest and beautiful. I liked every line, but on the whole, I liked the idea of being the messed up person that you don't wish to be. Lovely! Keep writing! Comment for a comment?
 
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