Under The Rocks This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

January 3, 2008
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I was
Hiding in the thicket
Of tangled thorny lies
And fears hidden by nervous reactions
The leaves have all dropped out now
My armor
No longer impenetrable steel
A sharp remark
Beats at my last fragile shield
Pale old deceptions
Flinch at a sudden glare
Truth has a way
Of eating you apart
I’m almost gone
My remains are scarce but pure
Yesterday, I was
A stranger to myself
Fighting a reluctant battle
My anger erupting
One wrong word spit out

Yesterday, I was
Sold out
By an enemy
Burrowed deep
Inside myself
The unforgiving war we fought
Ended briskly
Many lives were
I don’t recognize
The face I’ve so
Delicately molded
Hard, bittersweet anger
Ate away
What was left
Of my shielded soul

I am a lost dreamer
A bitter sailor
No thrill for unknown lands
A silent screamer
Finding no peace in the
Soundproof walls
of selfish minds

I am scratching away
At a pad of
White-hot paper
My hostile mind
Is exhausting
I’m trying for
Something more
But it’s all in vain

I am
Something I
Hope to never
I am thirsty for
The sweet simplicity
Of a blank slate
But I must live with what I’ve done
As I will have to live
With what


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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DemonAngel said...
Aug. 8, 2012 at 9:10 am
I love the message of this poem its sort of  like one i wrote called the masks come off with you around i wont submit it though:/ im not that good
Moonlight1234 said...
Mar. 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm
this is awsome it has so much emotion 2 it.!:)
mammothfrk said...
Feb. 11, 2012 at 10:38 am
This is amazing.
ARandomKidHas said...
Jan. 30, 2012 at 7:09 am
I agree Shnarf!
ARandomKidHas said...
Jan. 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm
ILoveRussia replied...
Jan. 30, 2012 at 7:20 am
Kelsey F. said...
Jan. 23, 2012 at 7:11 pm
Nice vocabulary, but a bit confusing....i don't really understand what your trying to express......a bit too metaphoric....keep writing....i'd like to read more
Shnarf said...
Jan. 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm
B-A-D Times 100
ElmoIsMyHero replied...
Jan. 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm
Hey Guys!!!!!
ARandomKid said...
Jan. 23, 2012 at 7:30 am
What kind of poem is this stuff??:(
ARandomKid said...
Jan. 23, 2012 at 7:20 am
Horrible Poem
mfischer said...
Dec. 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm
This says alot!!! Keep it up! :)
Emerson said...
Dec. 7, 2011 at 6:27 am

really good! keep on writing please!


Shnarf replied...
Jan. 23, 2012 at 1:29 pm
Don't listen to this person!
Natasha1994 said...
Nov. 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm
i would say this is one of the best i have seen on this website i can feel when i read the words i love it and i think you need to write more
RedFeather said...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 8:17 am
To be honest, I prefer poems with rhyme in them, but there's something about your poem that makes it stand out, even though there's only a couple words per line. Everyone has something in life that they regret, and for some people that situation comes sooner than to others. I've never been able to say a lot in a few words, but you've apparently mastered that skill. This a beautiful poem (and I like what you did at the very end with done and become. They almost rhyme, but not quite-it gives the p... (more »)
SanamSheriff said...
Oct. 25, 2011 at 8:02 am
I've read this poem three times now, and i still don't think it's enough to understand and appreciate the true beauty of it. Each line has moolded itself to a deeper meaning, and it just speaks right to my soul. Well done. This is a brilliant piece of writing. Kudos.
depthinsoul said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm
This is so good!  The free-verse is amazing :)
LesRoi This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 5, 2011 at 1:55 am
It is extremely rare that I come accross a poem I understand, let alone one that speaks to me. For once, I have read a poem that has a true, powerful meaning that I can apply to my own life and experiences. This made me think back to a time in my life i'm not proud of, and may have even helped me reconcile with it, and I thank you for that. Well done.
BeachBum101 said...
Sept. 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm
Wish I read this sooner...it so great
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