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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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OldGreg said...
Feb. 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm
Am I allowed to bo confused? Because I am.
 
OldGreg replied...
Feb. 18, 2014 at 12:46 pm
Oops. Posted twice.
 
OldGreg said...
Feb. 18, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Am I allowed to be confused, because I am.
 
LilithNyx replied...
Mar. 16, 2014 at 10:40 pm
Why are you confused? Perhaps I can help!
 
littleballofurThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 6, 2014 at 3:14 am
Poetry is supposed to be interpreted based on how it makes you feel. What is your initial reaction to it? What does it make you think of? Does it spark something deep inside of you, make you stir a bit, make you ponder about it for a bit? Roll the poem around in your mind for a while, I'm sure you'll come to something.
 
loveyoubby2018 said...
Feb. 13, 2014 at 6:42 pm
Wonderful poem! Just loved it!  
 
Ashlee_Renolds said...
Feb. 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm
Wow this is wonderful..I know u must get this a lot, but I can't help it what inspiered u to write this poem? I really luv it...R u writing any more poems?
 
AltheaRaine said...
Feb. 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm
That's deep. What inspired you?
 
EpilepticUnicorn said...
Feb. 6, 2014 at 12:58 pm
Beautiful poem. loved it
 
iz_tehan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 5, 2014 at 10:52 pm
Should take a few days to a week
 
DaedalusThis 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...
Feb. 5, 2014 at 11:11 am
What a fantastic poem!  It really relays the idea of the father being too constricting.  However, I think that the rhyme is a bit forces in the two-line stanza when you mention the "birdie."  I am currently waiting to get my work approved.  Does anyone know how long this will take?
 
francheskas replied...
Feb. 9, 2014 at 7:24 pm
about a week
 
itskatomallThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 2, 2014 at 7:44 pm
This poem is beautifully written and I loved it. I read it twice to truly understand the meaning. It sent chills down my spine. Well done! Check our some of my work! :)
 
Bluetooth13This 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...
Feb. 1, 2014 at 5:16 pm
Really good! Would someone critique my work? I need feedback
 
LifeLeaderThis 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...
Jan. 30, 2014 at 6:14 pm
Wow! This poem is written beautifully!
 
poet_girl101 said...
Jan. 24, 2014 at 3:12 pm
It can have many meanings to it but in this case I think it means that though it may seem as if you will drown your dad will always have your back its deep in the meaning @Miley Cyrus
 
alyssa-smith said...
Jan. 20, 2014 at 2:21 am
meant* could*
 
Leetha said...
Jan. 14, 2014 at 3:16 pm
This left chills down my spine, I love it!
 
blakrose said...
Jan. 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm
It's truly an amazing piece. :)
 
blakrose said...
Jan. 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm
Love it! It's a beautiful piece. :)
 
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