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My mouth moves in silent prayer,
While sweat pools, cooling on my face.
Serenity, I don’t know the feeling,
Only my own anxieties tinting my vision in icy blue.
My breath comes out in gasps,
Fear clouding my vision, burning metallic in my throat.
I cannot remember what they said in church,
It never struck a chord,
I never thought that I
Would find myself here,
Kneeling at the foot of my bed,
My knees slowly going numb,
And the clock tick-tick-ticking in my ear.
When you talk to God, what do you say?
When you have left the phone off the hook for so long?
Forgetting about old what’s-his-name when things are going fine.
What would he say if he answered at all?
I never thought I would want this,
Never thought that I would need
Something, anything, to keep my fear away.
Never thought I would look to my own ­muttered words,
For promises and everything-will-be-all-rights.
And now that I’m here,
I’m feeling foolish,
Talking to my walls,
And now I wonder if there is anything really there at all.

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hope95 said...
Aug. 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm:

n i rlly love this poem;)

 

 
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Angeleyes12 said...
Aug. 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm:
Wow i totally agree with you. The poem was beautiful too :)
 
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shychick101This 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...
Nov. 13, 2010 at 8:51 am:
this poem is amazing!
 
maxxykat94 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
May 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm :
I agree with everyone - this poem is amazing! Very honest and beautifully so. Your questions are very real anad relatable. As someone else offered, drop me a comment and i'd be glad to chat sometime. :]
 
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LuvKirstyn14 said...
Jul. 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm:
i love this poem. it's very deep and thoughtful. keep it up! Plz read my pieces :)
 
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KaiteyAmber said...
May 9, 2010 at 1:33 pm:
That is questionable-maRAWR.   But i love this poem it is really good. keep it up =D
 
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maRAWR This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 5, 2010 at 2:33 pm:
'when you talk to god, what do you say?'- i love that! do you even have to say anything, though, since he'll know what you're going to say anyway?
 
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mandielynnrose said...
Feb. 21, 2010 at 12:19 pm:
I've felt exactly the same and when i do i feel guilty of a crime- like im using Him cause I only pray when things go bad.
 
hope95 replied...
Aug. 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm :
i rlly agree. im actually having some trouble wit that now
 
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jan15roy said...
Feb. 17, 2010 at 11:13 pm:
Just keep talking to him. He is there, he is everywhere. Believe in him. The faith of a mustard seed can move mountains!
 
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ashbashThis 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...
Feb. 4, 2010 at 8:30 am:
this poem, it was absolutely incredible. if you really feel this way, leave me a comment and we can talk. i love to help ppl....
 
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Powd3er said...
Dec. 2, 2009 at 3:00 pm:
This poem has great flow and insight.
I really enjoyed it.
Lovely poem darling =]
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Zero_K This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 16, 2009 at 4:37 pm:
Beautiful. I have often wondered whether there is someone else out there who knows more than us. For me, it is my Goddess. May you find peace with whatever you believe.
-Blessed Be!
+++ZERO+++
 
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Paig3Cagl3 said...
Nov. 4, 2009 at 2:56 pm:
Great meaning and insight. I loved it.
Beautiful poem darling=]
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SaraB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 8, 2009 at 2:51 pm:
Yes, there is someone there besides the walls. He is the way, the truth, and the light. He has turned my life around for the better, and I never thought I'd be a Christian, but God had other plans, so here I am and I'm saved. If you want to talk to me about it, please do.
 
Summersong replied...
Nov. 25, 2009 at 12:18 pm :
Yea its really an amazing feeling to have that kind of love and existence but He's real and He's there all the time He will always be there for you
 
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sunnysyd This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 22, 2009 at 8:24 pm:
go ahead
 
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Julianne D. said...
Jun. 19, 2009 at 7:17 pm:
Hey me and my band are trying to write lyrics and its not working. could i create this poem into a song?!?
 
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