Magazine, website & books written by teens since 1989

National Spelling Bee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By
While down my back a bead of sweat does drip,
And eyes go flitting to soft carpet floor,
My tongue does quake at thought of verbal slip
As parent-made applause begins to roar.
Letters, sharp as tacks, cease their dark allure,
Potent smells waft off spellers made to fear,
And as the slip of lip ’rounds sounds obscure,
Do I detect the faintest hint of tears?
But as now I stand with arms so entwined,
Trepidation a moment not supplied,
I find within myself a faith unmined,
And to my frightened nerves I merely chide
The glance of the judge stills the growing din;
I draw my final breath as I begin.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




Join the Discussion


This article has 16 comments. Post your own!

WinstonSmith said...
Apr. 23, 2013 at 5:58 pm:
This is a very cool poem.  I am proud of you.
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
lizzy said...
Apr. 14, 2013 at 8:55 pm:
ummmm, cool poem 
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Ella1 said...
Nov. 26, 2011 at 10:00 am:
Great poem!! Could you read some of my work if you get a chance? Thanks!!
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
TheCreator said...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 12:30 pm:
I liked how you express in words how the feeling was to stand up there and be in the spelling be,
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
iWriteToExpressThouqhts said...
Oct. 4, 2010 at 1:49 pm:
I really like this :) Please check out and rate my work ? :)
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
IzziB This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm:
i really like it, but in some places the pentameter seemed a little off. but i loved the analogies in it.
 
tallulahhavana replied...
Jun. 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm :

True. It made it a little bit hard to read. It still is cool, though. I mean, it takes a lot of practice to write any kind of poem well. Especially one with funny rules, like a sonnet.

By the way, is this an english sonnet? The rhyme patterns are different than what I learned.

 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
KYLE199V5 said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 11:55 am:
I LKED HOW U SET UP YOUR POEM, I LIKE HOW YOU TRYED TO CONNECT WITH OTHERS WITH THE SAME PROB..
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Glenn W. said...
Feb. 26, 2010 at 6:21 am:
The rhymes seem rather forced, although, other than that, this is a good poem. Keep writing.
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
munkyman95 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 22, 2009 at 6:24 pm:
This poem is so good, like the flow and the ending, it inspired me to write my own poem
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Amber A. said...
Sept. 19, 2009 at 10:28 am:
omg this is the same as i felt in my spelling bee! it captures my moment =) lovely just like u !
=D
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
BeccaBlue826 said...
May 9, 2009 at 4:42 pm:
i love this sonnet...it is so good the fear giving way to bravery...bravo...(applause)
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
TanzaniteTears said...
Apr. 30, 2009 at 8:15 pm:
Great sonnet! Nice use of iambic pentameter.
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
sunnybabyThis 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 6, 2009 at 7:53 pm:
this is good. i like it.
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Redemption65 said...
Dec. 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm:
This flows...AMAZING!!!!! This is the only poem on this website that has flow AND rhymed. Thank you!
 
Grania This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 9, 2009 at 4:54 pm :
That is correct! You win! :-)
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Site Feedback