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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!
 
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Carol said...
Apr. 16, 2009 at 4:05 pm:
Wow. Great poem. Keep writing :), i hope to read more of your poems.
 
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meredith P. said...
Apr. 11, 2009 at 10:29 pm:
o...m...g...pure brilliance.
 
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NishaBby! said...
Apr. 9, 2009 at 12:40 am:
Omg. This was fantasic. I love this poem. Your wonderful at this. Keep it up.
 
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CutiePie said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 11:40 pm:
this is great
 
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Morgan H. said...
Mar. 30, 2009 at 10:22 pm:
omg i love this poem. you are a really good artist, keep writing ;D
 
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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.
 
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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. :]
 
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project827 said...
Mar. 21, 2009 at 1:45 am:
good stuff. not much else to say.
 
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strawberryThis 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...
Mar. 4, 2009 at 11:23 pm:
its amazing how you and i, both from pitt, pa, can feel so the same!
 
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Christina This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 4, 2009 at 12:39 pm:
Amazing emotion.
 
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Slugger_lvr_10 said...
Mar. 3, 2009 at 10:02 pm:
Love this.. Explains what alot of us go threw.
 
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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
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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HM_Krazy said...
Feb. 20, 2009 at 6:36 pm:
Wow. Really great work, I loved it!
 
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krystan S. said...
Feb. 19, 2009 at 4:09 pm:
absoutly beautiful
 
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marena B. said...
Feb. 14, 2009 at 7:36 am:
this is amazing; keep with the good stuff! <3
 
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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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