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I feel like Atlas
Holding the sky up
Protecting everyone under it
When never getting any rewards or rest myself

As everyone eats and parties
I'm stuck here
Doing the hardest work in the world
While everybody else prospers off my suffering

And even as I protect everyone
People still make fun of me
They punch me
And I can't punch back because I'm too busy protecting them

People say my muscles are strengthening
But what's the point of building your muscles
When all you are going to use them for
Is holding up the sky?

My old friends have tried to help me hold the sky up
But once they realize that I won't ever be able to play games with them again
They spit on me
And walk away, leaving me with my burden once more

Alone I stand here
Day after day
Night after night
Imagining what my life would be like if I wasn't stuck here

But what is the point
Of dreaming about things that will never be?
Dreaming about pleasure and happiness
While I'm stuck in a swamp of depression and pain

So here I am, rambling on
Praying and begging Aeolus for a gust of wind
So that my overheated, sweaty body
Can be cooled off for a few seconds

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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CammySThis 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...
Dec. 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm:
I can totally connect with what you're saying! This piece is amazing and totallly deserves to be in the magazine. The mood was constant throughout the entire story and that is very hard to do, especialy in poetry! I love it!
 
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GummyBearQueen2 said...
Aug. 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm:
  Wow... I cannot express how much awe is emanating from me right now. You are one of the best writers that I have ever encoutered!  You completely immerse the reader in what you say. Please, do the world a favour and keep writing! I know at least one person who is subscribing to you... :D  
 
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remember16 said...
Aug. 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm:
this is so amazing!   
 
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writer3499 said...
Aug. 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm:
Wow this is seriously amazing! I loved how you kept the mood the whole peice....it felt likeI can feel how depressed you are.  Fantastic job! If you get the chance, would you mind checking out some of my work? Thanks!
 
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WebDave123This 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. 6, 2012 at 11:20 am:
Test comment.
 
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thatclarinetgirl12 said...
Aug. 3, 2012 at 9:41 am:

i love this! i saw atlas as i read it. keep writting

 

 
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irishlass317 said...
Aug. 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm:
This is soooooo amazing!!! I love it and can totally relate!!! :D Great job!!!! :)
 
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samiasaskia24This 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. 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm:
Wow! This poem is superb. It seems to be filled to the brim with metaphors! Love it!
 
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luv2run2299 said...
Jul. 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm:
I love this piece. It is well thought out and looks like you put all your emotions into it. That's probably the best way to do it, write a poem. I'd like to read more of your work, great job (: 
 
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IMAdreamerThis 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. 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm:
This is cool. I love Greek mythology and I think this is a well written take on what Atlas had to do, what he might have been thinking... Ps. Please check out my work????????
 
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annie.jones02This 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. 25, 2012 at 11:14 am:
This is beautiful and creative. Good job
 
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Falling.Up.This 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. 24, 2012 at 1:02 am:
wow, this was really captivating! my eyes were glued to each word and line.. i love the way everything flows! keep writing, and i hope more people see the emotions you put into this piece of work!
 
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KanupriyaThis 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. 15, 2012 at 5:55 am:
nice symbolic poems....i cud relate to it very well..good job :)
 
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AllThatJazz said...
Jul. 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm:
I just wanted to express my amazement- I wrote a poem this year called 'Holding Up the Sky' and it's about the same sort of thing. It just goes to show how many people really feel this way, like they're holding the sky up and that their burden is so huge. I'll comment again when I've posted it, but in the meanwhile- WOW. You wrote this beautifully and I am really impressed. I love the message this poem gives out, and I'm hoping to read more of your works in the future.
 
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flywiththebirdsThis 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. 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm:
This describes just how I feel sometimes, taking care of everyone else even though they make fun of me.
 
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flywiththebirdsThis 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. 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm:
This describes just how I feel sometimes, taking care of everyone else even though they make fun of me.
 
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flywiththebirdsThis 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. 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm:
This describes just how I feel sometimes, taking care of everyone else even though they make fun of me.
 
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Randomscreennamelalalala said...
Jul. 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm:
I just want to say thank you for getting it right- Atlas held up the sky, not the Earth. 
 
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allaboutmylifeThis 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. 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm:
this is so well written and what you're trying to portray does show and i espcially love that you based it on greek mythology
 
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AsIAm This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 1, 2012 at 11:35 pm:
Hang in there - I'm an Atlas too. Great job.
 
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