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Why I don’t go into churches This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Where do all of the sins go?
Do they just disappear?
Float up into the thin nothing?

Or do they sink down,
deep down,
into the earth?
Killing our planet
one water bottle at a time?

Or do they linger, for at least a short time
in the mortar, cracked and ancient,
Between the old bricks of a stained church.
Their heaviness felt, as I enter
their presence.

Caught in the labyrinth of turns,
finding themselves going in circles.
Just looking for an end.

Is there an end?
Just like life there are many beginnings.
Jutting up from the floorboards,
they have the chance to be anything.

Will this one,
the one I live,
end up finding its way
to the tip of the stained glass window?
Escaping through the filtered light,
it will continue for hours,
days,

weeks,

years

an eternity,

just pacing,

living a life with no meaning.

Until this old church is torn down.

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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NobodyYouKnow said...
Sept. 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm:
I loved your poem- and I can relate to it, too. Although I know many religions have their own answers, there is always that nagging feeling that if you slow down, all you have done will catch up with you. Keep writing, you are an amazing poet.
 
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Lilly3217 said...
Sept. 5, 2011 at 9:55 am:
with you meli-meli 
 
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meli-meli said...
Sept. 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm:
I admire your honesty and curiosity. Although I don't think this question should keep you from going to churches. Even believers in Christ have questions and pastors are always eager to answer them!
 
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imTSP said...
Sept. 2, 2011 at 4:52 pm:
YES! I LOVE IT! MORE..MORE..I WANT MORE..
 
Dewwagner This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm :
Thank you. :)
 
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