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

September 5, 2008
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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teresa221 said...
Nov. 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm
This is really well written, and captures the spirit of freedom, independence, and strength. Great job!! =)
MMorton said...
Nov. 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm
Its beautiful. Like few of the things I write, you have made something truly beautiful from ugly feelings. Applause. :}
AshleyHannah said...
Nov. 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm
I really enjoyed this! So relatable, short, sweet, to the point. Truly amazing!
Maileece_Johnson said...
Nov. 14, 2011 at 11:21 am

WOW thats AWESOME!!! (: very relatable


illosionist said...
Nov. 14, 2011 at 11:21 am
I like it, i will admit it could use some editting or revisiting, but i really love it...it words ring true.
KCayla said...
Nov. 14, 2011 at 10:52 am
Nice. I and a lot of girls can relate :D
meadowood said...
Nov. 14, 2011 at 7:28 am


This reminds me of 1. the song Jar of Hearts and 2. a poem I wrote of the same idea.

Great, amazing, fantasic job!

ambamixx3 replied...
Nov. 14, 2011 at 11:03 am
Totally Jar of Hearts ! & did you post the poem?
JackTElliott replied...
Mar. 3, 2012 at 10:33 am
This is great! Nice work you should post more. PS How do you make your article more popular :P (Im new)
crazygal said...
Nov. 14, 2011 at 7:15 am
mind blowing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
book.junkie said...
Oct. 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm
 i have nothing to say about this poem except that its absolutely beautiful how you are able to write getting up from a heart break. absolutely breathe taking 
ThePeaceDaisy said...
Oct. 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm
Omg I can SO 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!
HollywoodHotshot said...
Oct. 23, 2011 at 4:39 pm
Wow, I mean W-O-W! That was amazing with so few words your poem is easy to connect with. I really loved it. It is exactly how I felt and how i pushed it aside and kept on living my life and well, became free! Keep writing!
harrypotter143 said...
Oct. 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm
this is a beautiful poem. perfectly describes how i felt when my best friend dropped me. love it!
Dearin123 replied...
Oct. 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm
i like this peom becuse it express my life and the people in it..
Lexie96 said...
Oct. 23, 2011 at 11:15 am
This is really good, but I just don't know about the end. I have to agree with the majority of the comments that I've read that the end is just not as good as the rest of it. If anyone has some time could they please check out some of my work? Please?
Ktaylorxo said...
Oct. 1, 2011 at 8:55 am
I wish I could move on.. This shows that people can. This is phenomenal, keep writing! And check out some of mine if you have the chance(:
harrypotter143 replied...
Oct. 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm
i definetly know how you feel. doesnt this poem make you feel so much better about moving on?
sMiLeY13 said...
Sept. 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm
i really love your poem i too once felt that wat too. keep writting you  are very talented of writting poetry
Louise1 said...
Sept. 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm
i love this kinda took me back to the days when everything was good.. but i have to agree the last two lines kinda through it off...
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