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I was younger then, but only by months.
Curiosity settled unbearably throughout my limbs
And I waited
Patiently for you to carry yourself down wooden stairs
Rightleftright – my ear against olive-colored carpet
To make sure that coast was clear
Hands resting on hinge of drawer and pulling
I reached inside, ransacked and shifted through its contents
And uncovered your thoughts in journal form (success)
I remembered then how embarrassment
Burnt my cheeks red
Everything you said when you found the
Monster I had hidden in the sheets beneath my bed
And I recalled your tears
The shape your body took, fetally curled
With your knees against your chest
You wept endlessly.
Fearing flood or revenge
I tossed and turned that night, grasping the fact
That I had failed you and again –
When I opened that leather cover and divulged
Your evenly spaced print to my eyes and that entry
I had watched you record on blue printed lines
Night prior, before dark, before saying
“Sharpen this, please!” in an angry tone
From across the hall and again –
With a clean-cut graphite tip you wrote
“October twenty-second …”
In the uppermost corner and proceeded with
“My Journal, I have never felt so alone …”

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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Abbie said...
Apr. 23, 2009 at 2:13 am
luv it!
 
Carol said...
Apr. 16, 2009 at 4:05 pm
Wow. Great poem. Keep writing :), i hope to read more of your poems.
 
meredith P. said...
Apr. 11, 2009 at 10:29 pm
o...m...g...pure brilliance.
 
NishaBby! said...
Apr. 9, 2009 at 12:40 am
Omg. This was fantasic. I love this poem. Your wonderful at this. Keep it up.
 
CutiePie said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 11:40 pm
this is great
 
Morgan H. said...
Mar. 30, 2009 at 10:22 pm
omg i love this poem. you are a really good artist, keep writing ;D
 
ckalani said...
Mar. 29, 2009 at 1:32 am
very good. I feel like the girl writing in the journal. Tell me what you think of my work...please.
 
Marissa M. said...
Mar. 25, 2009 at 1:53 am
I read this and it hit me... hard. It had a lot of meaning and can be percieved many ways. Great Job, you'll go great places. :]
 
project827 said...
Mar. 21, 2009 at 1:45 am
good stuff. not much else to say.
 
strawberry This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 4, 2009 at 11:23 pm
its amazing how you and i, both from pitt, pa, can feel so the same!
 
Christina This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 4, 2009 at 12:39 pm
Amazing emotion.
 
Slugger_lvr_10 said...
Mar. 3, 2009 at 10:02 pm
Love this.. Explains what alot of us go threw.
 
kissingdawn331 said...
Mar. 3, 2009 at 8:15 pm
Wow that's amazing I brings the cold rush back into play...sometimes, for a poet...it stinks to be lost of words
 
Duckie430 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 27, 2009 at 1:59 pm
good job. this is beautifully written.
 
Carrah O. said...
Feb. 22, 2009 at 9:48 pm
Wow. That was great!
 
dancewritedream13 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 1, 2010 at 8:07 pm
im with marissa.....hit me hard. like near tears hard. wonderfully done.
 
HM_Krazy said...
Feb. 20, 2009 at 6:36 pm
Wow. Really great work, I loved it!
 
krystan S. said...
Feb. 19, 2009 at 4:09 pm
absoutly beautiful
 
marena B. said...
Feb. 14, 2009 at 7:36 am
this is amazing; keep with the good stuff! <3
 
jessica said...
Feb. 8, 2009 at 2:36 pm
wow. i mean this is a really good piece. i dont think there was a single line, a single word i didnt cling to .
good luck
 
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