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The Death of a Poem This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By , Independence, MO
It hurts, I swear it does,
As you run a spear through the words.
I listen to the sloppy speech,
The unkempt pronunciation.
Meaning lost,
To uncaring ears

I want to caress the words,
And you hold them at arm’s length,
Stare them down,
Then begin your long hike through them
Dissecting, inspecting,
Then smashing back together the mutilation of
Poem, story,
Heart.

I love the whisper of feeling on my tongue,
You swallow it without knowing.
Rushing on,
It rushes down.
Periods missed,
Inflection lost.
Dismembering the entire work.

And I wait ’til you’re gone,
Then recite words with meaning.
Hold them in my heart,
Cradle them.
Try to touch the author’s skin
For it must hurt to be lost,
To be tortured.
Feeling unknown
And I hold the story,
And coax out,
With loving care, its meaning.

For surely this is the fate of this work,
Show it kindness, respect,
Please treat it as a poem.

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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girlpoet said...
Nov. 15, 2010 at 10:29 am
Yes, this is so very true. It is so frustrating sometimes when you listen to someone butcher a beautiful poem and then wonder why they don't get the meaning of it. Great piece.
 
princessness_16 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 26, 2010 at 7:48 am
haha. i love it. :) and so true.
 
BlueAstronaut This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm
How may times have I felt this way? Not knowing what to say, what to say. But you did, one day. You wrote this down, again, again. Until you felt it was just what you meant. But you didn't know that I knew. Or that anyone else did. It's your poem. But I love it. 
 
BMMSKN said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 5:55 pm
WOWWWWWWW!!!
 
Kailli said...
Dec. 20, 2009 at 6:47 pm
Really, really good:)
 
Sarah J. said...
Aug. 27, 2009 at 3:58 pm
omg i just fell in love with a stranger lol i love this!
 
Tears2Roses said...
Aug. 2, 2009 at 3:07 am
know how you feel when i read things aloud it seems no one cares or wants to. but i read on so wright me and i will read your words with heart!
 
Annie K. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 17, 2009 at 4:46 am
prefectly said
 
Melinda L. said...
Jul. 16, 2009 at 9:11 pm
This was completely incredible! I loved it.
(: KEEP WRITING :)
 
wordluver said...
Jul. 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm
WOW i really liked this thank you so much for voicing the concern of many teenage readers/writers today...why does america continue to butcher the english language???
 
Like*Whoa!!! This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 16, 2009 at 4:33 pm
so wonderful:) GREAT job

<3
 
abooga.looga said...
Jul. 16, 2009 at 5:13 am
i L O V E it.!(:
 
SaraB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 8, 2009 at 3:02 pm
Completely articulates my frustration. Glad it got published.
 
Lonleydandy said...
Jun. 27, 2009 at 2:21 am
It was good. The poems I've written.....haven't been put online yet [just submitted them recently] but I can see my inspiration for them completely blow them off, and ruin all the work I put into them. He wouldn't understand the meaning, and I don't know if I will show him because of what he might do to it. I really like your poem! It was really good.
 
Summer K. said...
Mar. 25, 2009 at 1:59 pm
i liked it.
 
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