When the Shards Slit the Wings This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

March 25, 2011
I am fragile,
precious wisps of wind
causes this butterfly
to flutter off course

I once lost respect for men,
and again,
and again,
they tore me down,
took a wrecking ball
to my
already shattered heart
broken shards of glass.

I always say I give up,
but I always fall off that imaginary cliff,
the only stable ground I have to stand on
and find myself enticed once more.
with a man's toxic kiss,
I soon feel numb.
Cold, shivers and shakes
down my spine,
like a xylophone
being strummed.

I have experienced the words
“I love you,”
the lie that melts
like acid rain,
slowly killing a tree
that is already dead.

I have emotional scars
from men
treating my heart as a pawn
in their sick porcelain love games,
their way through,
betting all their poker chips
on our relationship.

On the card table
they fall.
I have learned that Ben and Jerry's
does not work as well as it used to.

I am using colorful woven bands
of beads and feathers,
to destroy the demons in my life
and to save my future dreams
of cotton candy clouds,
and trees made of licorice,

gently drifting off
to my peaceful slumber
sweet dreams
gentle butterfly.
Live your life
without worries,
if you get lost
fly above the clouds
over the never ending blue
and trail on home.

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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thrumsocietygirl said...
Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:04 am
That truely reaches out and realtes to many readers. I'll look forward to more of your work.
Lolliejj said...
Mar. 7, 2013 at 4:01 am
This is really good, I can't wait to read more of your work!
AnimalLover2 said...
Mar. 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm
Lovely, truly lovely
meli-meli said...
Sept. 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm

You use so much imagery! So many girls experience this same pain at least once and vice versa.  I look forward to reading more of ur work! :)            


Come check me out please!

Falling_Roses517 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm
thank you so much I really love adding detail and it means so much when people recognize and relate to my poems(:
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