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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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DontForgetMeYet said...
May 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm
WOW!!! I really like this!!! Its beautiful, it almost made me cry when i read it!
 
Acalleq This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm

that was beautiful

 

 
gabzter12 said...
Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm

i really like the metaphor you used in this poem.
it has a very deep meaning and u can imagine the tears falling down ur cheeck very well!

good job

 
BeccaLeigh13 said...
Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm
I like how this poem can be meant for so many diffrent people like a parent, first love, or a friend.
 
Aderes18 said...
Mar. 28, 2011 at 10:18 am
This reminds me of my first love.
 
Dawn18 said...
Mar. 28, 2011 at 8:05 am

This is very well written.

I do wish the photograph wasn't next to the poem, it changes the way it looks and decreases the impact the poem could have if it was formated differently.

 
xBaByGiRrL22x said...
Mar. 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm
OMG. just beautiful!
 
LittleMissJane said...
Mar. 6, 2011 at 9:57 am
Beautiful!
 
CWells_521 said...
Mar. 6, 2011 at 7:06 am
I love this !
 
kissofpoetry said...
Mar. 6, 2011 at 12:02 am
This is why I write. I want to make people feel how I felt reading this. I want to move someone, inspire them to feel.
 
Maggie2014 replied...
Mar. 6, 2011 at 10:57 am

Kissofpoetry: nice way of puting

I agree thats why i write as well.

As for the poem......wow...... thats all i can say

 

 
Kamilah B. said...
Feb. 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm
This poem literally took my breath away.
 
pinkypromise23 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm
hmm very thought porvocative
 
pinkypromise23 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm
provocative**
 
anne.Brooke said...
Feb. 12, 2011 at 9:09 am
very beautifully written...
 
Cristinaa said...
Dec. 30, 2010 at 4:31 pm
amazing! favorite sentence; "The briny water wells up
on the cusp of my lashline,
threatening to fall
to give me away.
"
 
kmarie14 said...
Nov. 17, 2010 at 10:30 pm
WOW. seriously. WOW. I could picture this exactly, you are amazing :) thanks for posting! check out my work?
 
sethmeyerslover1234 replied...
Jan. 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm
mine too i know how she feels
 
sethmeyerslover1234 replied...
Jan. 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm
this comment is men for cristinna sorry posted it in th wrong thing srry bout that :( :( :(
 
kmarie14 replied...
Jan. 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm

oh its totally fine! :)

 

 
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