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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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writerMary said...
May 29, 2011 at 10:04 am

really really good and sad. very depressing.

I like writing depressing poems 2 you should check mine out. :)

 
JordanWilks25 said...
May 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm

This is a very Great poem, i like your Word choices..!(: Keep up the good work.!

 

 
reblep said...
May 16, 2011 at 8:57 pm
i love how this one moment can inspire such a deep and meaningful piece of writing. 
 
Destinee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm
Brilliant. I used to read my sister's journal all the time, and then feel like a real loser. 

Some lines, however, I think could have better rhythm. 
 
xMeadowxThis 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...
May 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm
Wonderful :) I loved it. As everyone else has said, it's very descriptive. You're a greaty poet and I'm going to check out some more of your work if you have more up. I sure loved this piece!
 
ExpRESsY0uRselF said...
May 7, 2011 at 7:25 am
This poem was amazing! 5 stars all the way! I really loved the time you took to describe each moment. Great job! If you can, please check out my poems, The Girl Inside, Remembering Spring, You Are the Lyrics in Me, Spring Rose, and Recollections Withdrawn From A Tear Stained Memory. Thank you so much!
 
RideTheWave said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm

this was awesome. had a great mood. you were very descriptive

 

 
daddyo said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm
came from the heart sounded like a sad poem
 
Melody V. said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm
you have a really good poem that is sad but awsome!
 
GraceSanchez said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm
This sounds like a sad story :(
 
Miranda M. said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm
this was a very good peom an it comes from the heart
 
Xavier T. said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm
This is a well writen peice of work. how u discribed the deitails of the work
 
msEvelyn said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm
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LiveInTheMoment said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm
This poem was so unique and had a great rhythm (did I spell that right?) to it. Loved it! If you have time, please check out and comment on my poem, The Girl Inside. Thanks!
 
InkJetSpirit3 replied...
May 7, 2011 at 12:48 am

very well written, the felling was deffinetly in the words.

 

keep writtting man your good

 

 
poetofdarknessThis 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...
Apr. 14, 2011 at 11:56 am

wow! i love it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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michaelchavez said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 9:52 pm

i can really relate to this poem it hits deep with me

 

P.S. check out my poems please

 
RozaB said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm
I really loved the last line. This was nice. 
 
Maximum.Ride This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I got goosebumps at the end there...

"My Journal, I have never felt so alone..."

Aaah!!! So good. :)

 
Hotaru said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm
You are a very well writer and I like how you worded your poem.
 
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