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Daddy's Womb This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

i asked my father if i could swim,
and he said that i would drown.
The Sea would imprison me – he said
if my feet had left the ground.

So i walked out to the water,
and cried out – how ’bout now!
He said, a little bit further, Son,
and then you’ll leave the ground.

i stepped on sand then stone,
from hollow ground to sturdy.
The sky was at my level as I
gazed at the birdie.

The Sea brought me a new idea,
the urge to flee to the high.

i asked my Father if i could fly,
and he said, sure, Son – go try.

i jumped as high as i could.
Still, i landed on the ground.
i saw my Father pull on a chain,
then i knew that i was bound.

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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mynameisgrace This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 16, 2011 at 9:43 pm
i've never read anything like this before, it's amazing!
cindy92 replied...
Aug. 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm
omg this poem is pure and mature and more elegant and how you express yourself rely on yourself to do more and more
tehefreshy1 said...
Aug. 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm
this was so beautiful.we all have different views on poems but this made me feel like u could prove someone wrong just to come into realization with the fact are still did a great job :)
emilybwrites said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm
wow this is fabulous! keep up the great work! please check out my poem "Forgotten Domain" and please comment!!!
Blue4 said...
Aug. 10, 2011 at 9:39 am

At loss of words. Simply nothing to say about something this great!

Can someone read some of my work, rate and comment? especially my two attempts at poetry ("The Violinist" and "For What Have All These People Died?"), I need to know how some of my first tries went.

i<3m said...
Aug. 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm
i love this poem i agree tat u should post more your a great writer
sarah.xx said...
Aug. 8, 2011 at 6:43 am
I love the depth in this poem and the hidden meaning. Truly remarkable.
walkingdead said...
Aug. 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm
beautiful! it stands out from others and shows creativity!
AliLinn said...
Aug. 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm
Amazing, Honey! Great job!
purplequeen said...
Aug. 1, 2011 at 8:46 am
Great! Can you guys read and comment on mine?? Please I will read yours if you read mine!
hannah-banana said...
Jul. 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm
really good poem :D keep writing more becaue this one is amazing :)
KayleeRae said...
Jul. 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm
I love this, it has very nice rhythm :D
hollygolightly109 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm

The imagery, strong. The meaning people find in water, sand, stone, and flying is something that you're using so simply! It connects on such a basic level. 

Your piece inspired me to put more of these universal images and meanings in my work... make people connect!


la-petite-fleur said...
Jul. 25, 2011 at 12:15 am
Very nice.
poet.lover said...
Jul. 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm
wow that's amazing! i can relate to an extent and the emotion is so strong
Ashley M. said...
Jul. 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm
anyone who appreciated this should also read my poem Briar Rose
NaleDawg said...
Jul. 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm
I enjoyed your peice, keep it up. Look at my work?
fortetennis This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm
Beautiful. Simply beautiful. I am sorry about your relationship with your father. I strongly urge you to stand up to him. 
vzimmerman said...
Jul. 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm
Wonderful images! Great emotions and you put words together so smoothly it's a great gift. :) Keep writing. And if possible can you check out some of my pieces? 
TAR11 said...
Jul. 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm
Cool poem.  Please check out mine if you get the chance.  From the Hilltop and Anonymous' Inferno. 
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