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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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Kirsten J. said...
Apr. 15, 2009 at 2:30 am
First poem Ive read on this website !*
i absolutely love it. I feel you ;]
 
mike oxbig said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 7:10 pm
touching :*(
 
michelle P. said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 2:35 pm
wow.
the words flowed wonderfully. <3
 
Blue-eyed hippychick said...
Mar. 28, 2009 at 9:39 pm
Captures a lot of frustration. I liked it.
 
rebecca C. said...
Mar. 21, 2009 at 1:58 pm
your a great writer
i love your detail
it really captured me
 
Sara S. said...
Mar. 7, 2009 at 3:41 am
this poem was undescribeably amazing
 
Emily H. said...
Mar. 3, 2009 at 9:02 pm
I love your writing, its really good! Keep it up! I 'm attempting to write a book and just starting to appriciate and notice good writing.
 
J<3 said...
Mar. 3, 2009 at 2:14 am
This is absolutley wonderful...
I can feel everything through your words... amazing! <33
 
ICanRelate said...
Feb. 27, 2009 at 3:32 am
I cannot believe how perfectly you got that feeling across.
I could feel every line.
Its the same for me and alot of people.
There's only one guy who will listen to me truly and that's god.
Read my poem Prayer In A Red Balloon
:)
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Thanks, great poem!
 
xXDarkkissesXx said...
Feb. 13, 2009 at 1:48 pm
I can totally relate to what your saying . i love the the ending where your talking about the tear the rolled down your cheek and then the ending word listen. It was great
 
bg162 said...
Feb. 12, 2009 at 10:32 pm
I love this.
I think that a lot of people can relate to it.
 
perfectionist47 said...
Feb. 5, 2009 at 2:45 am
I love your word choice, a very moving poem. Thanks for sharing!
 
iloveJamesD said...
Feb. 4, 2009 at 3:49 pm
omg , i love this poem WHY?! because it reminds me of the night James D and I had our special moment. I LOVE HIM TO DEATH <3333 MY FIRST KISSS AHH !
 
JamesD. Lover! said...
Feb. 4, 2009 at 3:43 pm
OMG! this poem reminds me of my boyfriend james d! of the night we kissed! and how our tongues touched!
 
brendaxlove said...
Jan. 31, 2009 at 5:56 pm
wow, you have a gift.
:D
 
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