I Take Back My Tears This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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I take back my tears
the wasted years
I spent crying
for what never could happen

I take back my heart
my shattered heart
Up off the ground
and back in my arms

I take back my hope
wasted on you
and toss it aside
for it has no meaning now

Nothing you say
no words
no songs
can heal the bleeding wound
That you opened again and again

I walk a free woman
held by nothing of yours
and fly away free
as free as the wind

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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HEY GIRL said...
Feb. 19, 2016 at 11:23 am
I can totally relate. I liked this guy for a year, told him i liked him, cried about what I wish could've been, then finally, stopped obsessing over him. Great poem though!!
 
familysize50 said...
Feb. 19, 2016 at 9:05 am
This is worded nicely and I feel like a lot of people can relate to this poem.
 
Drew52 said...
Feb. 19, 2016 at 8:11 am
I really like the repetition and rhyme scheme you use!
 
theone said...
Feb. 19, 2016 at 8:01 am
This is a great poem, good rhyme and repetition. Along with a great meaning.
 
Audreywau said...
Jan. 6, 2016 at 9:10 pm
In a few words you actually replicate the precise feeling felt by many people. Amazing. Thank you for being born. If you don't mind, it'd be awesome sauce if you could check out my poem, TeenInk.com/poetry/free_verse/article/854005/Glove-and-Oak/ Thank you talented person!!
 
Emily_S said...
Jan. 6, 2016 at 2:09 pm
I really like the repetition used! It really drilled in the point as well as her decision!
 
Randz said...
Jan. 6, 2016 at 7:21 am
That was so good!
 
Tamie said...
Nov. 23, 2015 at 6:59 pm
I love that!!!!!
 
LittleRedDeliriousPrinceThis 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...
Nov. 23, 2015 at 2:16 pm
This is amazing!
 
Iamwhoiam17 said...
May 27, 2015 at 3:12 am
That is great!! Please check out my poem and like it please!: TeenInk.com/poetry/free_verse/article/709809/MeWho-i-want-to-be/
 
RealRiter This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm
Wow, 23 pages of comments, going on 24... amazing! I LOVE this poem. You present the perfect feel and tone, and also the rhythm is melodious and continues to the feel. Great job, you`re a natural.:)
 
Angelbaby said...
Feb. 22, 2015 at 2:19 pm
This poem has so much meaning to I love it!!!!!!! fantastic work @
 
Yaya21 said...
Oct. 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm
I started reading this and ii didnt want it to stop! i can really related to this!! this is amazing! great work!!! 
 
Ashelyn P. replied...
Oct. 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm
I have one word to describe this poem and that is cliche."I take back my tears -- the wasted years". This poem is clearly about a person taking back all the heartache they wasted on another person. But my question for you is this: how many times in how many poems, movies, books, songs, etc. have you heard this same sentiment repeated? This poem would perhaps be a bit more interesting if you had somehow found a different more thought provoking way to convey your meaning. The imagery was... (more »)
 
Ashelyn P. replied...
Oct. 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm
Sorry that was meant to be its own seperate comment not a reply.  
 
DemetriaSH said...
Oct. 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm
I believe that I must start by saying that your effort  towards writing a successful poem that evoked emotion was average. As the reader read through the poem, it was quite clear that the character was hurt. Although you made this obvious, other confusing components worked agaisnt you. In the first staza you stated "I take back my tears the wasted years I spent crying for what never could happen". I'm unclear as to what didn't happen and why sh... (more »)
 
Kira V. said...
Oct. 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm
Good job on your poem! I loved it! :)
 
Zithia This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm
This is pefect up until the last line which is a cliche.  The rest of it is so strong, though.  Create a last line that lives up to, or even exceeds, the rest of the poem.
 
cheerjulia replied...
Oct. 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm
I couldn't agree more.
 
BlueSunset said...
Sept. 17, 2012 at 4:02 am
Lovely piece of work, simple yet effective ;) xx keep it up :D
 
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