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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.

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Ada D. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 3, 2011 at 10:57 pm:
This is so pretty! This is going to sound stupid, but I love the way you use language in this piece.
 
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lilovebug905598 said...
Nov. 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm:
Too true. Good poem/song
 
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Lexie96 said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 6:04 am:
Good piece, great description of emotion, can anyone here give me some feedback on my poem? Please?
 
bubbles.. replied...
Nov. 3, 2011 at 7:31 am :

this is sooo good! love this!

 

 
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kirakiralayla said...
Oct. 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm:
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march27 said...
Oct. 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm:
hi guys cool um yrah oo
 
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AEMarcher2395 said...
Oct. 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm:

Check out my page and let me know what you think..! =] Thanks alot

 

BTW, this piece is great, It was strong and kept my attention. Great job.. =]

 
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SpyceChik said...
Sept. 20, 2011 at 9:57 am:
the thought WOW! I really like this!I love the thought behind it- A work in progress, great! Keep this up and pls check out some of my work if you can.
 
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StuieWLG said...
Aug. 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm:
very strong poem. I love your description of such frustration and relentlessness. Can I ask, when you wrote this who you had as the person not listening? :) 
 
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Stuber said...
Jul. 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm:
so what is it about?
 
dia.dreamer replied...
Aug. 29, 2011 at 10:12 am :

she wants to be heard, to be listened to be, to be given a chance to speak...

I absolutely loved the way you described the whole scene! Keep writing. And check out my stuff too. :)

 
dia.dreamer replied...
Aug. 29, 2011 at 10:14 am :
but she doesn't want to give away that she's hurt. :)
 
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TAR11 said...
Jul. 16, 2011 at 5:02 pm:
Very relatable.  Please check out my poems "From the Hilltop" and Anonymous' Inferno"  Thanks! 
 
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YoungRevelation8 said...
Jul. 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm:

Amazing write-up. Love the entire description of how reluctant she was to give out even a drop of tear but her emotions/body reaction disagreed beautiful. Check out my HEAD TO THE WEST PIECE HERE  piece TeenInk.com/poetry/free_verse/article/349259/Head-To-The-West/

 

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Laura_Oliver said...
Jul. 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm:
I like how the meaning of the poem isn't blatant, more woven within the words. You are truly an artist.
 
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IndiewriterThis 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...
Jul. 16, 2011 at 2:07 am:
I would normally try to understand it, but it's so suspenseful that I have to keep reading and I'm afraid that if I evaluate it- it'll ruin it. Nice job.(=
 
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OneInParticular1017 said...
Jun. 24, 2011 at 10:48 am:
Great poem. A flowing free verse is a difficult thing to write, but you did it perfectly. 
 
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xximjustmexx said...
Jun. 2, 2011 at 4:38 pm:
I can relate. Very good poem.
 
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DallasCox said...
Jun. 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm:
Amazing. This is a perfect example of how poetry is just photography through words. This captures this emotion and scene flawlessly. I love it.
 
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A_way_Away said...
May 11, 2011 at 10:51 pm:
Wow, that was really great! Your choice of words was very interesting, and you described each thing in such detail, yet it was easy to pictire the overall scene. Very nice!
 
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