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

It feels like gray clay behind my eyes
and sea salt stinging my neck
dry milk in the cabinets
making me stir crazy
and I wish there weren't white flies
swarming in my temples
I keep breathing in for colors
and breathing out in hope of hues
and suffocating on flashes of
gray, gray, gray
clay behind my eyes
and underneath my pores
it's soft but it
drowns me.

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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dreamcatcher77This 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. said...
today at 3:00 pm:
im confused what this poem is trying to convey, explain please? 
 
swallowedbystreetlights This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
today at 7:30 pm :
I wrote the poem about mental illness and the frustration and sense of helplessness that can sometimes come with it. Specifically, I was inspired by my grandfather's struggle with Alzheimers. Hope this helped clear things up!
 
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MariannaPasta said...
today at 10:48 am:
reading this left me in shock. I have only one word: AMAZING!!!!!! keep up the awesome work and ill keep reading!
 
swallowedbystreetlights This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
today at 6:31 pm :
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it! Your comment means a lot to me
 
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