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I Silence Myself


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I cannot speak
As I open my mouth a creature strangles my tongue forbidding words to come
Nobody quiets me
I silence myself
My cheeks stiffen and the creature holds on tightly
I cannot speak simply because I cannot respond
to the response of my initial words
Fear grasps a hold of me
Uncontrollable thumb fiddling rapidly turns into a mind fiddling madness
Thinking about lifeless objects
like chewed gum, toothpaste or an empty milk carton
Anything to occupy my mind
The creature will not let go
From my tongue to my thumbs
to my mind to my eyes
I slowly go blind
Blinded by others
The creature holds my pupils downwards restraining my eye contact
Slowly a smile creeps over my departed face
A smile, no words, no eyes, no mind
The creature slithers through my teeth
pulling them down
making a dent in my tender lip.
I hear laughter
Enticed by a crowd, I walk towards it
But that creature then wraps around my neck
Pulling me to my knees
I can no longer walk
Because
I cannot speak.




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bluebirdThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Aug. 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm:
This is beautiful. I first didn't truly like it until I read it a second time. It was really good. I can relate to this piece, and that is one of the reasons why I love it. I also love your your imagery. Your word draw a picture in my mind; you are very descriptive
 
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EmptySoul said...
Jul. 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm:
Ditto. It was amazing.
 
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FlyleafFreakThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jul. 28, 2011 at 10:04 am:
Wow! this is really good. I think that its great that you made this so relatible, but so personal at the same time. your style is unique. great job
 
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nikkigonefishinThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jul. 27, 2011 at 10:04 pm:
This is great! I can relate to it. Good Job with the imagery, keep writing!!
 
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singingwriter14 said...
Jul. 27, 2011 at 9:48 pm:
I totally agree with what everyone has been saying. This is really good. You're a great writer! :-)
 
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Feathered_mortal This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm:
Your imagery is incredible, it really made me visulize what was being described.
 
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Like-a-SkyscraperThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jul. 27, 2011 at 8:12 am:
Oh wow :O ... you wrote this so incredibly and amazingly. I relate, Good good good work!!! your descriptions are so real- they reach out n touch you...
 
DreamsAreBroken replied...
Jul. 27, 2011 at 9:03 am :
agree completely, this is beaturiful
 
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