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I set my teddy bears loose in a glass house
to see which ones would stay to suffer
on account of my own foolish mistakes.
Every time I threw stones at them
They'd gather them all together
and carve tears in all of the walls.
And whenever I pulled my hair out
They'd collect every single strand
And weave them into Band-Aids.
Some of the older ones volunteered
To tear out patches of their fur
And sew them into thick blankets.
They said it was for if I ever got cold.
They'd go out on dark winter nights
Looking for dead leaves to burn
So I could sit next to a warm fire.
Sometimes when I was depressed
They'd bring out their paper buckets
To catch all of my salty tears
And use them to make my favorite soup.
Some of the little ones came out crying
They'd try to comfort me from afar.
“Don't cry, don't cry,” they'd say.
They were too afraid to come up close
Or ask if I wanted to snuggle.
I thought distance would always march
Triumphantly between me and them
Until the youngest one came up to me
Covered in my dry brittle split ends.
He said it was time for me to come home.

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Miss_OrangeThis 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...
yesterday at 3:10 am:
I love this, it makes me miss my old teddy bear so much. it's very picturesque.
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
today at 5:21 pm :
Oooh, thanks for the comment.  
 
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ChobaniLuvinPenguinThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm:
Oh my gosh, that was amazing! Excellent phrasing, great imagery! A bit haunting, really :)
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 28, 2012 at 11:55 pm :
U are forever the best and much loved. Merci tres beaucoup.
 
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wishingtheskywasbluer This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm:
this is really really great! i've read some of your other poems and i love the way you write. its wonderful how different it is. 
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm :
You are indded the fluffiest. Thanks for timing the take to commentate and read sum of my other stuff. Do your dance.
 
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fiNd_THe_fLaMEThis 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...
Mar. 25, 2012 at 8:16 pm:
Awwwww! creative, nicely done! ps. please check out my work and rate and comment on it if you get the chance, cus i would lov some feedback!
 
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Avram said...
Jan. 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm:
I enjoyed this! Great imagery.
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm :
Merci tres beaucoup pour la commentaire. And welcome to my little sporting event.
 
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Supernova7 said...
Nov. 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm:
This is an amazing piece! You're really talented keep writing
 
Risible replied...
Dec. 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm :

How interesting! I love how you're telling a story that no one's ever heard before--it other words you doggedly (perhaps unconsciously?) avoid cliché. It's different, but I like it. Imagery and word play is just great. I really like "They'd collect every single strand and weave them into bandaids.

After reading this, I think you may like my poem Brother, if you get the chance, read it, and let me know what you think.

Great job on this.  

 
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Dec. 3, 2011 at 6:33 pm :
okay, um...both of you are awesome. Supernova, thanx for commentating, and Risible, thanx for commentating and explanating and here I come...
 
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mysterywriter11 said...
Oct. 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm:
I really enjoyed this piece. Great job!!
 
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Oct. 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm :
Haha, thank u my dear captain. U r recieving much of my lovement.
 
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