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By day I confine my thoughts to the page.
Write in soft gray pencil,
Let the words fall in perfect rows
Letters
Lines.
Hide them with a curved hand,
A guarded heart,
A skeptic's mind.
Keep them on the paper and watch
As the meanings smear with age
Until I can't look at the mess I've made
Anymore.


But at night
I drink the cool air
That I've trapped behind my closed door.
Relish the lack
Of watching
Waiting
Wondering all around me.
I put down the pencil
Crumple the pages
And paint bold, black words
On clean, white walls.


I let every worry
Thought
Breath
That ripples within me
Decorate the shell that protects me


The walls.


I paint music
That I could never play.
Too dangerous.
Sounds travel so far.
Into the ears of those
Who expect so much more
Than the soft, simple tune I can give them.


I paint words
That I could never say.
Too lasting.
Opinions form an image
Branded on my skin.

Instead,
I let my hand
Dance
Swoop,
Soar in silence.
Let the ink
Stain my pale,
Timid skin,
Soul


I fall back on the
Cool,
Rumpled quilt
No longer afraid
To let creases
Form


And admire the dark
Meaningful words I have finally written
In brave
Black
Letters


That will fade by morning.



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ChrisJThis 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...
Apr. 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm:
Thank you for checking out my work, I will make sure to read more of yours too.
 
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ChrisJThis 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...
Apr. 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm:
So compelling, powerful, and well-written, really good job!
 
Claire_AThis 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. replied...
Apr. 5, 2013 at 9:24 pm :
Thank you so much!  I checked out your work in turn; congratulations on so many feautured articles!
 
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