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Don't Blink

May 19, 2014
By Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
133 articles 7 photos 631 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once."
John Green

She told me life never stops for anyone;
It’ll look you in the eye for a spilt second before
Speeding by without a care.

She told me life is a one way road.
Forget your place, and you’ll be charged.
Oh yes,
The fine for naivety is expensive.
But the question is,
Are we willing to pay?

One day she sat back in her rocker, whispering as if
She might scare the moment away:
“See that sunset, child? Soak it in like it’s your last.”
So I lifted my face to the sun
And smiled.

“Help them stand because one day, they might not be able to.”
So I took their trembling hands and tried my best to
Hold them upright.

I remember she instructed me
To cherish love as if I’ve never known what it was.
So I cradled his heart within my arms,
And counted my steps
With straining confidence.

“Revel in nature’s lyrics; you’ll be surprised by
The poetry you find.”
So despite the honks of horns and the rushing highway,
I worked hard to focus on
The calls of birds and rustling leaves.

“Dream like the universe rests in the palms of your little hands.”

I carried the weight of the world on my shoulders.

“Hold onto hope and pray you grow your wings.”

Oh, I hoped. And I prayed.

“Treasure every moment, because one day you might just
And miss it.”
She winked, but she’ll never know that I will forever
My eyes open.
Because I’ve learned one moment changes everything.


It all happened so fast.
Maybe I blinked.
Maybe I should have seen it coming.
But I know I should’ve treasured her
More than anything she had ever taught me.

Oh yes,
The fine was high.

While I hoped life didn’t miss me,
Missed her.

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This article has 5 comments.

on Aug. 26 2014 at 1:45 am
CelebrateDifferences, Long Island, New York
0 articles 0 photos 71 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Gods of Olympus.” Piper stared at Leo. “What happened to you?”
His hair was greased back. He had welding goggles on his forehead, a lipstick mark on his cheek, tattoos all over his arms, and a T-shirt that read HOT STUFF, BAD BOY, and TEAM LEO.
“Long story,” he said.”

The fast paced suspense in the tone is thrilling, I did not blink either.

on Aug. 6 2014 at 1:20 pm
EmilytheBelleofA. DIAMOND, Athens, Georgia
81 articles 5 photos 1486 comments

Favorite Quote:
To love is to be vulnerable; Triumph is born out of struggle; We notice shadows most when they stand alone in the midst of overwhelming light.

Wow. This is amazing, your poem. It's just powerful. Don't give up, keep going on, and also thank you for sharing you amazing poem. 

on Jun. 30 2014 at 7:49 pm
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
325 articles 10 photos 1165 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

Aww. this was beautiful, and tragic, and I loved it with all my heart! This is going into the favorites!!! XD

HudaZav SILVER said...
on Jun. 24 2014 at 9:55 am
HudaZav SILVER, Toronto, Other
8 articles 6 photos 390 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Nothing is impossible; the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" -Audrey Hepburn

I agree with that last comment! This should be the most commented poem on Teenink wow! You did brilliant with changing the tone of the poem around the end, and I don't think I blinked once while reading this. well done!

Psychedelik said...
on May. 24 2014 at 11:56 am
Psychedelik, Urbandale, Iowa
0 articles 0 photos 26 comments
How is this the first comment?  This is a ridiculously good poem.  It's very well written, I love how you wrote about something so personal.  Kudos!