Back to Innocence

October 22, 2011
Warm amber sunset,

Tickles through the overhanging willow tree,
Inside the cottage, a small child sleeps.
A tickle of indifference,
No worries or cares,
The world has yet to mar her,
I don’t want to be there.
When that first boy comes,
Breaks open her heart,
Lifts a palm to her face,
And gives her a scar.
When she first meets the monster,
Watches it inject into her friends.
When she buries her first drunk driver,
Thanks God she wasn’t with them.
I don’t want to sit,
As the light dies from her eyes.
As she discovers that life’s not always roses,
That sometimes there’s black and there’s white.
I don’t want to see,
That youthful innocence die.
But more than anything,
I don’t want to have to say goodbye.
I want to go back,
Make time erase.
Re-change history,
Back when I was that sweet face.

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Aderes47 said...
Aug. 28, 2012 at 10:33 pm
I love this!!! Everything I feel! Keep up the good work!
AngelForeverBleedingLove This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm

This is very beautiful and also kind of haunting. I love your word choice and the story behind the words- Even though it is a painful one. You must be talented because you can make something so sad into something beautiful as well. Great job!


Tornado M. said...
Mar. 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm
thanks for that. We can all see it came from your heart.
Kinzi said...
Feb. 11, 2012 at 3:41 am
Anyone can relate to this. This was amazing.
Ranea said...
Jan. 7, 2012 at 11:51 pm
remarkable. its so remarkable that in so little you descibe how ive always felt and how much you have inpacted on all of our hearts is unmeasureable. thank you for speaking from th heart. and please if you have time please check out some of my work
NovaStar said...
Dec. 20, 2011 at 10:02 am
Hey great job! I really liked this! Please check ou tmy work sometime, feedback is always appreciated :)
scenesoccerqueen replied...
Jan. 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm
This is a great poem, i feel so many teens and even younger kids could relate...i wish everyday i could 'go back to that sweet face...'
inkblot13 said...
Dec. 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm
Beautiful job, and the comment on here about the heartstrings is true- you really have a gift for tugging at them. Keep writing, your work is awesome
Lilacs_Smell_Wonnerful This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 28, 2011 at 9:25 am

Reminds me so much of how I feel about my little sisters that it's not even funny. Great job, though now I'm melancholy, and prolly will be all day, which is sometimes the point of poetry. :) KEEP WRITING, you have the gift of touching heartstrings. And seriously, because I like all your work so much, would you look at some of mine and give me your honest opinion?


anjx93 said...
Nov. 21, 2011 at 2:44 am
so true about young innocence and the part about the boy breaking her heart, ahhh i love it!
Only,I This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 15, 2011 at 2:26 am
Very amazing, true, and to the core. 
clumsyteardropper said...
Nov. 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm
that was amazing.  goose bumps all the way. ;)  terrific job.  it's got a great flow to it.  keep'em coming :D
lonelyLaviathin said...
Nov. 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm's so true that innocence is lost so young, it's a very frightening thought but the truth isn't always sparkles in the sunlight...bravo
starlight26 said...
Nov. 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm
This is so meaningful and inspiring. Great capture of youth. :) You're a great writer
DarkenRose said...
Nov. 12, 2011 at 11:44 am
Really great work, I really like it and I like the meaning of this.
RaindanceMaggie replied...
Nov. 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm
tHIS iS so beautiful. i love it, great job!
gossimergrrl said...
Nov. 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm



Desti_B said...
Nov. 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm
i like this one too :)!i love the flow and the message..
marissa87 said...
Nov. 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm
you are a very good writer! this poem is really good i like it alot. KEEP WRITING
livelovesmile said...
Nov. 5, 2011 at 5:37 pm

I loved this poem! The ending made me want to cry, very touching. Keep writing! 

By the way I really like your "about you" description!

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