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How it Hurts

Tonight I'm living 
on the salt of my tears,
drinking the brine:
I am empty and burning
but my throat is too full to swallow.

-

I showed you the door and the mocking sky smiled down on me,
the stars dancing and whirling the blue, 
as if to say
Look, we've found each other;
so what's your problem?

My problem is that I've never shined brightly enough
to be a star;
 never loved life enough 
to accept the burning end.

-

Tonight my skin soaks up regret like my eyes once soaked up beauty.



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Lauren D. said...
Aug. 11, 2011 at 11:10 am:
This poem reminds me of many nights that I've spent alone, unhappy and confused. Beautifully written! Check out some of my work (:
 
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mimirocks124 said...
Aug. 10, 2011 at 10:58 am:
the first verse is relly great. i absolutely love that. the last line is relly powerful as well. great job!
 
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Mikaela said...
Aug. 9, 2011 at 11:40 pm:

This is gorgeous - very thoughtful, very personal, very oneself. Keep writing like this!

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Imaginedangerous This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm:
The first stanza was terrific. 'I am empty and burning but my throat is too full to swallow'- you captured it perfectly.
 
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ReasonablyUnreasonableThis 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. 8, 2011 at 11:47 am:
I reallly, really, really, really, really, love your last line. "Tonight my skin soaks up regret like my eyes once soaked up beauty." That is pure genius. I'm giving this a 5/5!
 
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AnonyMiss said...
Aug. 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm:
this is fantastic. although my favorite part might very be your comment in the quotation marks on the side. good job!
 
videotaped This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm :
Thanks! That's actually a quote from the poet Sharon Olds.
 
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