I just wanted to say that I have loved being a part of Teen Ink’s online community of writers and artists. I have submitted numerous pieces and even had one poem published in the magazine. I always had a dream to be a real writer, but I never thought I could actually do it.
Now I can share som...
Water dripped steadily from the foliage, each leaf weighed down with the heavy rain. A figure stood motionless in the shadows, the green of his cloak blending perfectly with his surroundings. Very carefully, with the air of someone who wished to remain undetected, he brushed a finger across his lips...
A calloused hand reached for the ground again. It lifted the rough stones there, and dropped them in the bucket that hung loosely from the opposite hand.
Jed worked alone in the field, sweat staining the brim of his tattered hat and the overalls that he wore without a shirt. He looked up at the...
A white house stood alone at the end of the lane. The sorry paint job was masked somewhat by the ivy that had been allowed to grow rampant there. The houses on either side sat empty, as though condemned by their dilapidated neighbor. At first glance it appeared vacant, unoccupied. It was not, howeve...
A penciled rose,
through the tears in its leaves
and the wilts in its petals,
are shaded lines,
drawn in confusion,
in a want for something steadfast.
A shadowed face,
turned to the sky,
with arms raised,
with heart broken,
with the wind playing in its hair.
Raindrops ran like tears down my face. The soft pitter-patter of water on rooftops echoed through me, a cascade of endless reasons why I should not be alive.
The rain was the beginning for me, and had brought me to the end.
Why had I survived?
How could my heart still beat after it had been sh...
The room spun dangerously,
the white-washed walls
my last hope that everything I'd lived for
was not coming to an end.
"He's gone," they told me.
And I could not stop the fiery tears
that burned tracks on my cheeks
and told me I had failed.
Somehow I had lost you,
A shepherd stands to watch the sky,
a lamb in his arms and a staff at his feet.
A new star burns and the angels sing,
Alas a king, our king is born!
Ten lepers cry and fall to their knees,
for the Christ who can heal,
for the christ who will not shun the weak.
Such love He had, to raise the d...
Once upon a time,
tears fell down a clouded face,
and drowned and drowned,
in a heartbroken place.
the wind howls.
In the fire there danced a dream,
to be strong,
to be valiant,
to find peace.
And a prayer was uttered
within a mourner's soul,
to help a si...
Ben stood at the edge of the playground, eyeing the other children as they sceamed and chased each other about. Occasionally one would glance over to him, turning away when they realized he was watching.
"You're not allowed to play with us today," the bigger kids would say. And bef...
Grandma told me it was cold today,
that she’d seen the neighbors,
that she needed to go home.
But she’d been here forever,
confined in a chair
that tells her she’s there to stay.
So she laughs
as she walks through her brain,
and calls for a son
who won’t come back.
And she tells me...
You’ve stilled my heart, my beating, weary heart.
My eyes once open, now blinded by love,
Can never now see and never depart,
From you, my angel, who shines up above.
Thou fair songbird, come rest on my shoulder,
Come sing me your love song, your wings let soar.
Come Juliet, your love ma...
The fading footsteps,
echo a lullaby,
singing to me,
I whisper back,
my ear leaning farther,
to the sound,
The effort's enough,
though the memories dwindled,
and the past,
and turned to shades of black,
as the inferno smiled,
and burned a brighter light.
Nearby someone watches,
with wide eyes,
and pained features,
as their whole life,
disintegrates before them.
If they reached for it,
they could touch the closest one,
but it's already gone,
My heart sings,
a broken lament.
There it lays,
a display to eyes,
what it feels like,
to rip your heart from your chest.
I will be,
that hidden face,
that can never be understood....
The letter fell like a deadweight from my fingers. It settled in the dust of the floorboards, the proof I wanted so very much to deny, and the inevitable realization that escape was impossible.
I'd never intended to fall in love with a soldier. From the time I was old enough to underst...
The wind howled around my hovel, and I clung to myself tighter as I tried in vain to block out the noise and the pain.
My toes were numb and the rest of my body was losing feeling as the elements blew in through the tears in my box. It was entirely possible that this was what it felt like to die....
I watched you linger,
and then melted into the sidewalk.
I stayed by your side,
the faithful sidekick,
A door slams in my face,
I cannot follow where you've gone,
a light turns on,
and my face is next to yours.
Still you pretend,
you don't know I'm watching,
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