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

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I cannot reach out
I am stolid, stoic
To reach into the depths
of someone’s heart
is to be burnt
So my hand retracts, stays put,
afraid of rejection
So my heart remains closed
afraid of misunderstanding
To be apart
is to be safe.
To be safe
means to be alone,
cold,
without the flame
of another’s heart.

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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livhappy1 said...
Aug. 9, 2010 at 9:56 pm
Exceptional poem! I can totally relate... some people find me egotistical and inconsiderate when in reality I am only trying to protect myself from any unnecessary hurt.
 
Jimmy_flash said...
Jan. 2, 2010 at 12:54 am
wow loved the whole thing great job
 
beddastella2@aim.com said...
Apr. 18, 2009 at 7:49 am
wow!! very cold but great!! I agree!!
 
blingblang4eva said...
Mar. 4, 2009 at 3:27 am
loves this :0 nmice emotion.t eh words r perfect :0 well done.
 
punkiekid2003 said...
Aug. 27, 2008 at 11:56 pm
Oh wow. This is great. So true.
 
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