Tonight a 17 –year old boy marks his bedroom floor
With drops of scarlet coming from the cut in his wrist.
“Why did He put me here, only for me to live miserably?”
Arm getting red, but he’s used to the pain by now
Even though tears slur his vision.
Now his mom works the late shift on the other side of town, unconscious of her only son
Who can no longer bear to live this way.
Tonight an 18-year old girl drives intoxicated on Pine Street
Only minutes away from the “coolest” party in town.
“ ”-no thoughts cross her mind.
Foot getting heavier on the gas pedal, her vision is like a kaleidoscope.
The “invisible” stop sign approaches, but her foot is too heavy.
Now a weary man is blinded by the car lights, unknowing of the shot glasses used tonight
And will wake up tomorrow morning to the beeping of a cardiac machine.
Tonight a 14-year old girl sits in the passenger seat
Hoping her mom doesn’t notice the tear threatening to roll down.
“Why can’t he notice me? Am I not pretty enough?”
Heart being broken, but she only wanted someone to call her “baby”.
To her, he was “the only one”, the love of her life.
Now he goes to sleep, unaware of the soul he crushed tonight
And the hands that only longed to be held by his.
Tonight a 16-year old boy lights his dim basement
With the passion of being free.
“When will these shackles be loosened?”
Hoping, Wishing, Waiting, but the day cannot get here soon enough
When he will no longer be treated “as a child”.
Now the rest of the world buzzes about
While unspoken words of the youth wait to be unveiled.
About the Author & Work
San Antonio, TX
Incarnate Word High School
November 3, 2011
It was pretty cool to see everything I ponder and think about written down. People today never really think about putting time out of their hectic day to reflect and be creative. I wanted to write about something not too cliché, and believe me, a lot of ideas I had were. I was also reluctant to write something that so many would see. Sometimes we just gotta forget about those things and go for it.
Submission Type: Poem
Category & Place: Written, 1st Place