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Anger bubbles up beneath my skin;
I grin,
then push my lips out
in frustration
when he turns
away.

My nose prickles hard on the inside
and I swallow hard,
willing the tears not to come,
but they do not heed.
The briny water wells up
on the cusp of my lashline,
threatening to fall
to give me away.
I feel the first drop slip over the edge and glide softly
down my cheek onto my lower lip,
which trembles.
Its saltiness coats the single word
on my tongue
that fidgets,
waiting to launch itself into the open air
in vain
like so many times before.
Listen.

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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SweetThing said...
Oct. 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm
extremely relatable 
 
Bradical said...
Sept. 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm
Wow, this poem is extremely well-written. It evokes a quiet pain we all try to hidethat even when obvious is often left in the dust. You convey this very effectively.
 
PargaranThis 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...
Sept. 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm
Loved this! You are such a good poet!! :)
 
imjustmetoday This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm
This is why people write poetry.
 
sbets said...
Jul. 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Magnificent! You can really taste the saltiness and feel the frustration!

Please check out & comment on my poems!

 
. replied...
Oct. 6, 2012 at 8:12 pm
^That's me. Mind checking out my work?:)
 
TMarie42 said...
Jun. 10, 2012 at 5:32 pm
Beautiful! Great imagery.
 
vazenitran98 said...
Jun. 10, 2012 at 6:47 am
Truly amazing. I enjoyed it. It feels a bit sad but I did like how you expressed the emotions!
 
Aduke9 said...
May 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm
Beautiful!
 
Sami S. said...
Apr. 27, 2012 at 10:43 am
Great Poem!
 
Morgan M. said...
Apr. 27, 2012 at 10:43 am
Amazing poem! keep writing!
 
pinkytoe said...
Apr. 27, 2012 at 9:49 am
I felt like crying.
 
XxsurrendertofatexX said...
Apr. 27, 2012 at 5:54 am

ooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmggggggggggggggggggggggg

dude that was amazing! c; got me all teary eyed

 
Nadds_67 said...
Apr. 5, 2012 at 10:15 am
wow!!!!! very good poem, amazing, i rellay like how you expressed emotion in this poem. keep up the good work!
 
Fia-fia said...
Mar. 14, 2012 at 9:10 am

Very powerful.... a strong feeling.... Listen. Really good thank you!

:)

 
Whitterbug said...
Feb. 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm
Very good poem! Absolutely loved it!!!
 
laurensoccer This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm
I love this poem. I love the descriptive language. Keep Writing!!!!!!!
 
beautifulspiritThis 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...
Jan. 30, 2012 at 7:46 am
This really cool---I love how poetic you made this motion. Many would go "so the speaker is crying---so what?", but you made it...I don't know, more.
 
janette15 said...
Jan. 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm
u r really good(:
 
Mimi15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 8, 2012 at 10:20 am
I love this! Check out my poem 'On our Own'? Thanks, and keep writing!
 
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