He Didn’t Know This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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Packed bags and tears
on the dreaded day
that my cousin
left for the war.
Infinite hugs and kisses
were showered upon him
by parents, aunts, uncles
and cousins.
All of them
except me.
I gave him the
silent treatment.
It was only because
I didn’t want him
to go.
But he didn’t know that.
He bent down
on one knee
to talk to me.
He tried to get me
to smile,
but to no avail.
I couldn’t let him
see me cry.
I wanted him to
wonder
why I was so mad.
Be mysterious.
I pulled away
from his
outstretched arms –
I knew I would
never be able to
let go if I did.
But he didn’t know that.
I wish I would have
told him that
I loved him.
I wish I would have
told him that
I would miss him.
I wish I would have
told him not to go.
For the words that
went unspoken
live to be my greatest
regret.
But he doesn’t know that.
And now he never will.

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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beautifulspirit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm
This poem was so sad and just oozed with the truth.
 
sunnyandsugar This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 17, 2011 at 5:52 am
This was really deep,and it made me cry a little.Good work :)
 
Megan M. said...
Jul. 16, 2009 at 12:56 am
I really like this.
It's very deep and depressing but conveys and interesting story.

Good work :]
 
Amanda C. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 15, 2009 at 2:10 am
that is deep and i can relate to that, and by the way this poem is rele good, i like it....
 
pinklover33 said...
Jul. 14, 2009 at 8:39 am
That is a really amazing poem. I have never been through that but when I read it, it brought tears to my eyes.
 
mvpla15 said...
Nov. 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm
i no what u mean most of my family is in the army or the navy and its hard but might not be as hard as what u had to go threw. im not sure if this poem is what really happened to u it sounds like u guys were close and it sounds like he died. but once u see them again ill tell u its like a feeling like no other u jst want to hold them and not let go.
 
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