Magazine, website & books written by teens since 1989

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

Custom User Avatar
More by this author
Walking down the street, between
crosswalk lines,
and faded brick buildings.
Solitary. Satisfied.
Walking lightly. Innocently.

Hey, Beautiful.
Got a minute?

Walking down the street
faster, quick steps
powered by fear.
Fear of what?
Of people,
Of speaking.
Don't talk to strangers
moms
dads
teachers say

How about
don't talk to anybody

Anxiety is the driver
and the doors are locked
from the inside
but I have
no key. Passenger,
trying to break free
slowly breaking free
slowly breaking open through the fear
the fear of judgment, embarrassment.

Nearly adult but not nearly free
the windows cracked are open
but I am still
buckled in.

So, no,
I do not have a minute.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




Post a Comment

Be the first to comment on this article!

Site Feedback