The Right Way of Things | Teen Ink

The Right Way of Things MAG

May 8, 2009
By ToddStong SILVER, Collegeville, Pennsylvania
ToddStong SILVER, Collegeville, Pennsylvania
6 articles 5 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be true! Be true!" - Nathaniel Hawthorne

It seems to me that there ought to be a way
of saying a word without saying it.
Of dancing around it on tiptoes
and pointing toward it with long fingers.

Then maybe we could write something
roundabout and poignant.
Then we could weave words like silkworms
and wrap around our ideas in careful construction,
with lattice so taut and flawlessly knit
that it could pass for a cocoon
and keep things warm inside.

If we wanted,
we could write fire too,
with passion so nimble and sharpened
that we might inspire revolutions.
Our thoughts would pierce
and splinter steel
as easily as smoke
and water.

we'd just let our words
glide away
like a hushed melody –
Drift out
toward the planets
and the nothingness
that comes after.

Similar Articles


This article has 3 comments.

on Jan. 3 2010 at 2:00 pm
munkyman95 GOLD, Medway, Other
18 articles 1 photo 100 comments

Favorite Quote:
I will become, what I know I am' Michael Jordan

Really good ideas and word choice

on Jan. 1 2010 at 4:44 pm
abeatlesfan65 GOLD, Stillwater, Minnesota
19 articles 0 photos 55 comments

Favorite Quote:
"My greatest trouble is getting the curtain up and down." - T.S. Eliot

Poetic language + great ideas=amazing! Keep writing, you're very talented!

on Dec. 31 2009 at 7:40 pm
NorthernWriter, Fargo, North Dakota
0 articles 0 photos 326 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Only dead fish swim with the stream"

this was very beautiful and I literally seemed to dance with this poem and I found myself saying "why not" after each stanza :) good job!