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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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R.S.H said...
Nov. 19, 2011 at 9:11 pm:
Very well expressed. I love the emotions you brought to this poem.
 
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alejandraanabel said...
Oct. 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm:
this poem is amazing. you are such a good poet.
 
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Lady-Milano said...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm:
simply amazing
 
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Lexie96 said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 6:49 am:
Those last couple of lines are simply haunting, brilliant, but haunting. Great job, think you could check out my poem sometime? Please?
 
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Kristi184 said...
Oct. 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm:
that was awsome thats all i can think of it was just great all around!
 
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Lola_Black said...
Oct. 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm:
Wow. That was sweet! Seriously; it's so good that's all I can come up with to say
 
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AEMarcher2395 said...
Oct. 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm:

Great work..! =D

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aimaginater said...
Oct. 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm:
This is awesome! I love it when writing has emotion like this.
 
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Emin3mAC said...
Oct. 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm:
Wonderful.  Your VERY Talented((:
 
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carolina said...
Sept. 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm:
Amazing!!! :)
 
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17 Guadalupe said...
Sept. 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm:
I like this story its nice
 
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nella.7 said...
Sept. 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm:
It's really amazing, love your job... :)
 
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emora94 said...
Sept. 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm:
Wow! It is funny.
 
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WeAllBurn said...
Sept. 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm:

wow.

honestly all i can say is, wow.

amazing. <3

 
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athousandwords said...
Sept. 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm:
Amazing. Simply amazing
 
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-daydreamer- said...
Aug. 25, 2011 at 8:30 pm:
I really love this! Not only is it beautiful, but I can relate. Incredible job!
 
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chloebear said...
Aug. 25, 2011 at 11:31 am:
this is really brilliant, the only feedback I have for you is that the bit about the monster and the crying confused me. Overall great job! and if anyone has time, please check out my poems!
 
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bamboom212 said...
Aug. 25, 2011 at 10:38 am:
WOW. this is amazing. i really cant come up with anything better im sorry lol, but you are very gifted!
 
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WhoWillCareIfEveryoneDied said...
Aug. 25, 2011 at 8:39 am:
Beautiful. i have work on here i would really appreciate it if you guys can check it out and tell me what you think. Thanks :)
 
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cookiegirl said...
Aug. 25, 2011 at 4:52 am:
Wow. That was amazing and orginal:)
 
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