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    In fifth grade, we mapped our family history; making and crafting a list of each person who comes to Christmas dinner. No one ever taught me how to grieve when my family was gone. I can recite twelve different forms of cancer and their treatment but no one ever taught me how to leave a cancerous r...
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    I find it funny How the world can keep on turning when most of us disagree I find it funny That the only thing separating the world from you is me I will always keep you safe When the world wants to take you away I will grow my own wings As long as you are with me We'll fly above the figh...
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    I've been counting clicks of all the clocks around the house Each one slightly off the other ones like tumbling building blocks I've been folding sleeves of all your shirts in the bedroom All the buttons and the frays and somehow you never looked worse Than when you left me on the porch in my ...
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    On days when the sun is low in the sky and the air is crisp with autumn's chill, I take a drive to Eagle Lake. I cannot give you directions because I only know how to get there when I'm already here and when I leave the memory is destroyed. When I arrive I am welcomed with a glisten of Mediterrane...
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     It's the feel of his warm calloused fingertips on the smooth skin of your hips. It's the color of the butterfly's wings that come alive in your stomach when he smiles at you. It's the sound of the glass wind chimes on the cool September day sitting on the front porch.  It's the look of pure ado...
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     "Say something." I whispered gently into my hands. "Say anything." I said looking at the scuffs on my shoes.   "Say you love me." I pleaded.   "Say you hate me." I begged. "Just say something, damn it!" I cursed into the sleeve of my sweater. "God, just please don't make me go." With no ...
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    It all seems so much nicer on the other side. The other side of this wall, of this notion, of all the emotions pouring out of every pore in my body hoping to get to yours in some way. But I never do; nothing I say matters once you’ve made up your mind. Clearly you don’t want this relat...
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    When I was just a child I would stare up at the sky And pray to this big God that one day I would learn to fly I would tape together feathers; I would glue them to my arms And deep inside I knew this would never cause me harm The wishing and the hoping and the dreaming late at night Just anti...
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    I just want to lie down on my bed Covered in sheets and promises And the words you spoke to me so sweetly Will be woven in the threads I will feel your arms wrap around me And the essence of your love will bleed in And your clothes will lie next to my doorstep The cold won't find where we'v...
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    I'll bite my lips, I'll hold my tongue I don't want to make it seem like you've won I'll dry my tears, I'll wipe the lines Like you did for me, a hundred times But I don't want you to know how much it hurts When you couldn't come to face to face to speak those words "I don't want to go on, ...
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    We settle for the people who make us feel alright And it's the best we've got so we hold onto them tight And I say I love him every night We settle into comfort in order to feel close But I've started making stretch marks; you can see them past my clothes And the sad thing is he knows This ...
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    I think it's sad young girls know that it's easier and safer to give a guy a fake number than turn him down. I think it's sad that I have grown up in the mindset that if I'm walking alone near a group of males or even a single male I should pretend to be on the phone in order to a...
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    When I was a few months old, I was baptized. At eight I had my first communion. At fourteen I made my confirmation and was initiated as a member of my church. About every three weeks I attend church to please my parents but I had never thought about the possibility that they were wrong. The more I t...
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    Somehow it's all a little clearer now without the rose colored glasses of societal acceptance. It's true; we all don't fit together like puzzle pieces or stacking blocks. We all aren't meant to get along, fall in love and make a living out of providing for a family. Maybe there a...
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    It seems less intimidating to write in a smaller book and yet all the more terrifying; to fill the pages with meaning, substance, bravado, wisdom. It's scary to know how many pages and lines and spaces you have left. And what if someone reads them? Will they find humor in the same things you...
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    I can hear the voices trembling And I see the hands they shake Open to the fifteenth verse And read upon the alter And she says "please be with him He didn't know any better He was raised by my working hands And we fought against the weather But it came down like a hard rain ...
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    I don't think you ever said you love me I don't think I've heard those words before Come to think of it it's kind of funny How those words broke me when you locked the door I'd whisper those words to my pillows My breath would fog on the glass of my windows But you n...
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    Have you ever noticed how thick our skin is? It holds everything together, the flesh the fluid the bone The heap of rotting emotions and tears that have not yet fallen The promises we never intend to keep, to others or to ourselves The words we hear inflicted on our ears by force of entry And y...
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    Babe, don't cry It is alright sometimes if you need someone There is no shame or fear I've been there, I'm right here There is no shame in needing someone Just to say it's alright You have to reach dawn by breaking light There is no one I'd rather hold Take me as I...
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    She's watched the clouds roll in all day They stay in the sky but it won't rain She sits in the corner of her desk She faces away from everybody else Never was one for making a scene Shy and beautiful, just turned fifteen Don't walk away, you see what they do Don't be the ...
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    I don't need to sleep in silk Or wrap myself in crystal I don't need to eat from china And feast myself on lamb I don't need to walk on wool I can keep warm by the fire I don't need to feel ignorant Or kept outside the room I can know I can handle this by your sid...
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    four years out and I'm four years closer four years now and I'm four years older four years trying and I still can't get it right look up the pretense study the answers try to apply it but it's too thin to matter four years of trying and I still can't get it right ...
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    You were never good for me. Maybe I should have been a little smarter A little more aware of what was happening That I, slowly, was becoming something I had never intended myself to be: Weak. Weak in the mind, in the heart In my morals, what I knew was wrong Didn't feel wrong anymore ...
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    Tell me the story of efflorescence How the moon danced with the stars Everything will bloom in the shadow of Rays of sunshine as he sighed upon the earth And how the sun loved the moon so much He died every night to let her breathe How the moon stayed in the shadows Of his greatness jus...
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    My feet remain cold, they try find yours Under sheets on your bed As the rain from the storm Wakes you from your dreams You smile at me, sleep in your eyes I touch the lines on the side of your lips Kiss me now, kiss me now With the light from the lightening shining through the windows Al...

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