Red This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

November 13, 2012
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Red-bound book
lies open
ink spills onto the white page
turning it red,
like the bird pictured upon it,
the bird,
thought to be cardinal
struggles to displace the ink
from its paper wings,
slowly made soggy
by ink so red.
It dares the bird:
“fly away, fly away from here,
from me
from this page.
And I'll laugh when
you fail,
wings of mere paper,
what bird are you now?”
paper wings
lay limp against page
pinned down
by failure so


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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hahawrites said...
Jan. 29, 2015 at 5:23 pm
This poem was splendid, I definitely think it was a smart move publishing it!
Shahrier said...
Jan. 10, 2014 at 6:57 pm
is the red kinda like when a teacher marks your paper wrong with red ink or... why red? im curious.
Anna141 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm
Kind of, I wrote the poem about blind hope, how the bird never gives up trying to fly away even though it knows that it can never displace the ink from its wings. For me the ink just represented the opressor, and was not a concrete thing. But I like the way you said that the ink was like getting a bad grade on a paper, it does feel that way when you get back an essay some times and all over it is scribbled little red marks by your teacher. I like how to two people a poem can mean two totally dif... (more »)
Shahrier replied...
Jan. 14, 2014 at 7:02 pm
i definately noticed the opression, but red was such a prominent symbol throughout your work, it had me thinking. why red? it was really good, and i think if my teacher were too see this, i think she would have said that its amazing how it gets you thinking.
Scolecite said...
Dec. 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm
Look at all that crimson imagery. It looks like you red my mind, because this poem blue up my face. All in all, I'm glad I found myself marooned in your page. 
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