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By Unknown, Unknown, Unknown


I know him since I was a child,

I can remember it now -

The two of us playing in the dirt

Of the parks of Springfield.

Only three yours older than I,

He was like my own big brother

So I always looked up to him,

For he was so innocent, I thought.

Our friendship grew more and more

And once I became a teenager, his words

Became filled with warnings and advice.

I listened carefully to what he told me -

He warned me of the pressures I'd face

During my teenage years and on,

And how I was never to give in to them.

And I never doubted for a moment,

His words of wisdom, so full of concern.

Neither did I doubt his own belief

In what he was telling me.

I remember, especially, something he said

About the scariest thing I'd learn about -

Diseases. Deadly diseases of all kinds.

He told me I was to avoid them totally ...

Today I got a letter from my friend,

He wrote me from his hospital bed in Carleton -

He tells me he's very, very sick

With the AIDS epidemic.

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This article has 13 comments.

Lexie96 GOLD said...
on Nov. 5 2011 at 4:56 pm
Lexie96 GOLD, Havana, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
Now Cinderella don't you go to sleep, it's such a bitter form of refuge, oh don't you know the kingdom's under siege, and everbody needs you. - The Killers

I was a bit weary about this for a bit, I wasn't sure what to expect, but then that last line was amazing, though at the same time very sad. Good work, though I might have worked a bit more with those last two lines, they are still powerful.

Check out my work sometime?

on Aug. 19 2009 at 3:15 am
Sasha-Bear PLATINUM, Lockhart, Texas
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i love the way you gave us such emotion in such a simple way. its not wordy or complicated, just truthful and amazing. it makes you think. keep writing!

Jessah GOLD said...
on Aug. 7 2009 at 9:19 pm
Jessah GOLD, Westbrook, Maine
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Favorite Quote:
“Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again you must learn to trust again.”

Nicholas Sparks

Woah, chills all the way to my toes from my nose. That is really good, but sad.

on Jul. 7 2009 at 5:04 am
one_of_a_kind_girl GOLD, N/A, California
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wow, the last sentence gives u chills, it made me read it all over again

RiaRen SILVER said...
on Jun. 13 2009 at 12:45 am
RiaRen SILVER, New Bothwell, Other
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this was really good. your way of saying exactly how you feel without actually writing it diwn is absolutly astounding. i really liked this poem and hope yo keep writing.

if you could could you rate and comment and all that jazz on some of my work?


on May. 14 2009 at 9:29 pm
Serena Sawyer, Kellyville, Oklahoma
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wow! that's very powerful and amazing

on May. 14 2009 at 12:39 am
MariaMarie DIAMOND, Washington Court House, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"Life's a mountain on a beach"-Unknown
"Will: This is either madness or brilliance. Sparrow: It's remarkable how often those two traits coincide."-Pirates of the Caribbean:Curse of the Black Pearl.

Wow... Whether it's true or not. You let the emotion flow and you gave us the feelings that should have been felt- without telling us what they were. A true gift.

nana.riley said...
on Apr. 29 2009 at 4:55 pm
i really liked this poem..Is this true??

You really put it on put.

Well written. :)

on Apr. 18 2009 at 9:03 pm
u are a master at subtext. u portrayed perfectly the point of the poem without saying it out outright, a difficult feat. That was so powerful, i got a wierd, emotional feeling in the pit of my stomach after I read it. I applaud you.

SarahNearol said...
on Apr. 12 2009 at 5:24 am
It is very powerful. I love the unexpected ending. Perfect!

on Apr. 4 2009 at 1:58 am
YeseniaG SILVER, Livonia, Michigan
7 articles 1 photo 122 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is what happens when you're busy making plans.

Good work and it's very powerful. The word choice on the last two lines could use some work but other than that it's great.

AllieBee123 said...
on Feb. 12 2009 at 2:00 am
Wow...this is deep. I could feel the emotion in it. Very good job. [:

jessi-bearr said...
on Aug. 13 2008 at 2:56 am
i think you have an amazing talent and i hope you continue to write.