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November 26, 2008
“Today is the day to start. Realize that you are not forever. Begin today.”
– Anonymous quote on a bathroom stall

Phrases scrawled on a bathroom stall
Holy scriptures of adolescence
Psalms of hormone-driven emotion
Etched in pencil
Or pink or black marker
I love so and so
Inscriptions of hope
Love not war
An occasional cruel word
The tribulations and triumphs
Of the teenage soul
Impassioned phrases
Seeming so insignificant
Meaning so much
Behind each of these statements
Lies a poem unwritten

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J.A.L. said...
Oct. 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm
The words  Awesome. 
EyesofBlueFire said...
Aug. 14, 2011 at 11:43 am
I love this. It makes you want to walk into a stall with opened eyes just to see the true poetry etched into the walls.
RhythmAndRhyme said...
Jun. 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm
This is amazing, and so true! I love your descriptions of the inscriptions (lol). Very well done. :) Keep on truckin'.
whatireallythink said...
Oct. 10, 2010 at 2:10 pm

"Behind each of these statements/Lies a poem unwritten"

I've noticed the same thing. Who will write those poems?

The~Watcher replied...
Dec. 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm

We will.


Great job on this poem- it's so true.

beautiful_but_torn said...
Jul. 14, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I absolutly adored this.

Most people dont even try to understand the teenage mind.

There is a poem or even a story behind the thingswritten, and people always disregard it.

You captured the thought extremly well! I really enjoyed reading it.

Captivating, and beautiful.

Any teenager of this generation can relate!

Keep writing, Your going places!:]

Paig3Cagl3 said...
Nov. 9, 2009 at 2:39 pm
This poem has great flow and insight.
I really enjoyed it.
Lovely poem darling =]
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cassidyrae said...
Sept. 16, 2009 at 7:56 pm
This is such a great poem because its one of the few that makes you think. The next time I go into a bathroom stall, I'm going to read someones secrets and thoughts displayed for all to read, and I'm going to think. About them, about the story behind it, about this poem. And then I'm going to write. Thank you for that. And please keep writing. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 30, 2009 at 11:47 pm
SO amazing, SO true.
Joegirl2418 said...
Aug. 23, 2009 at 9:59 pm
very true and well put. there's stories- and poems- behind everything written on those walls. thanks =]
chelsea21194 said...
Aug. 10, 2009 at 12:35 am
This is one of myy favorites. I love it!
AshaMidnightOlympian said...
Aug. 9, 2009 at 3:37 am
I absolutely love it.
Amber1994 said...
Aug. 8, 2009 at 3:41 pm
wow great! the word flow is interesting. :-)
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despurlock This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 8, 2009 at 3:29 pm
Very good, so deep! I love it! Fantastic job, and congrats on the publication!
JaseC said...
Jul. 13, 2009 at 4:52 am
bloody good
sbrebre123 said...
Dec. 15, 2008 at 12:12 am
I love it Amber. -Bre
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