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


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apoetssoul said...
Jun. 17, 2011 at 11:13 am
This is beyond beautiful. If I had read this poem about 6 months ago, when I was going through an extremely difficult time, it would no doubt have helped me to heal sooner. This is gorgeous and eloquent, and I hope to see more of your work in the future. You have been given a tremendous gift, please don't waste it, and PLEASE don't ever let anybody convince you otherwise. God bless! :)
remembermeplz said...
Jun. 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I love it =)

Amazing wording =D

SunshineSkeptic said...
May 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm
purely lovely and expressive.
tesswards32 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm
This poem was real and very expressive. I liked it a lot!
babyfacejack said...
Apr. 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm
this poem was a rocky sensation of life
summermarrie said...
Apr. 2, 2011 at 7:57 am
i liked this loved how it some one or you and how changed and relizing is important!
nitegirl said...
Mar. 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm
really amazing... i get what it means you know... that completely describes what im going through in my own life!
BitterSweet1993 said...
Mar. 18, 2011 at 7:53 am
Wow. :o that is something to think about. :) i like this alot.
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Mar. 14, 2011 at 8:29 pm
Jessie-Mo said...
Jan. 7, 2011 at 11:22 pm
This poem not only brings out the emotion of the writer, but of the reader. As I read it, my heart started beating differently, and I stopped myself. "This is not just any poem." I thought. So I went back. And I read it, reading each line as a line of its own. And a deep meaning hit me. It inspired me, and in a deep way. This is an amazing poem, and its message is brilliant. Youare a very talented person, and should continue writing. So far, this poem speaks to me the most. I love it, I really do.
KcEsKc98 said...
Dec. 14, 2010 at 7:51 pm
I love this it really spoke to me keep up the good work :)
sasha_rose said...
Oct. 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm
when i read a poem i need to have some sort of feeling invoked in me, a memory to come back to me to fill me and that is what you poem did for me.
CHEERspirit said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 9:29 pm
when i read something over and over ,it really speeks to me. i really love this and when i read it all i could think was wow this is pure talent. i want to write like this one day so plase keep it up. :)
oriink said...
Sept. 1, 2010 at 7:53 am
Although at first i thought to myself, "Here we go, another heartbreaker." I prepared myself for tears or maybe something. When i continued on down your poem, i realized that you found yourself. This was not a heartbreak poem nor was it about early-ending partnership, it's a poem that makes you think. And that's what makes the best reads of our time. Truely wonderful.
MaKayla1513 said...
Jul. 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm

wow....this is really powerfull! Kepp it up!

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kms777 said...
Jun. 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm

wow that really makes you think about things. and its very intriguing. i wish you'd read mine and help me figure out what to do to fix them


Izzy=) said...
Apr. 26, 2010 at 9:24 pm
i think thats what every poet wants out of thier work. pure genius=]
Literalist17 said...
Apr. 15, 2010 at 10:38 am
wow, i love poetry that makes me think deeply, and well... this one did just that. purely amazing
inspir3d This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 31, 2010 at 10:34 pm


that's all i have to say. Not a word wasted, incredibly powerful.

PeaveLoveMe(: said...
Feb. 15, 2010 at 9:10 pm
loved it, plz read mine? (:
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