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

It is in the small things we handle.
When a child rides their first two-wheeler straight into a tree,
and gets right back up. Eating your first bite of real food
that actually went in your mouth. Talking to a boy,
even though all the girls in your class say he has cooties. I stood up.

if you have wanted to quit a sport
because you were like a pilot running on empty skills but kept going.
If you have seen the pain friends have gone through with relationships
and just want to hide in your own little
world of make-believe, but then you don’t.
If you have gone through what it is like to lose
a loved one that makes you think
you could never love again, but you do.

when you can no longer hide
from the angel of death
as if you were a mouse against a cat
you keep on fighting. Once you have fought until you have nothing left you will look back at everything you have done in life and have only the amount of energy left to smile as wide as the ocean.

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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Ayme. said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 8:31 am
Persistence! you certainly captured that in your wonderful poem!
Shaun S. said...
Apr. 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm
I'm in shock....
1) Because I find that I'm not the only person from Alabama on TEEN INK;
and 2) Because this is by far one of the best poems I have ever read....

Keep it up chica!
mANDY♥ said...
Mar. 3, 2009 at 12:22 am
tRUE..tHAT'S aLL yOU nEED iN liFE..
Tweedle Dee said...
Sept. 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm
hey, that was beautifull. loved it alot!!!
live_life_while_u_can said...
Sept. 7, 2008 at 8:58 am
wow, that was some beautiful poetry, i hope every one of your poems are as good as this one:)
ilovemylife said...
Aug. 16, 2008 at 8:33 pm
i think u wrote this poem beautifully. i was entirely able to connect with it. i hope to see more poems like it from u. ; )
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