Ticking | Teen Ink


August 29, 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

i’m glad you could make it.  

it’s been awfully grey lately.

the blinds have been closed for the longest time.

eventually, the roses he gave me began to droop in their vase,

so i had to throw them away.

they say it’s bad luck to have death in the house.


i’m glad you could make it.

take a seat, make yourself at home.

i’ll force open the windows, creak open the doors.

please excuse the dust.

before, he was the one who usually did the cleaning.

but it’s okay.

death is bad luck to have in the house anyway.


i’m glad you could make it.

did I tell you they offered me pills to dull the ache?

i refused to take them, because the pain helps me remember.

that reminds me.

see that timepiece up there on the mantel?

the one with the frozen hands?

before he left, he promised me he’d fix that clock.

i know he will keep his word.

i wait every day for that clock to tick once more.

he’ll come.

i know he will.


let’s just hope that having death in the house is not bad luck. 

The author's comments:

Inspired by Wislawa Szymborska's poem, "Identification."

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on Sep. 7 2014 at 11:56 am
EmilytheBelleofA. DIAMOND, Athens, Georgia
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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. I don't know if I have anything to say or what to say, except that it's amazing. It realy is. It's absolutely wonderful. ^_^ It hit me in a way, if that makes sense. I could connect with it, I could be there, and I could understand it. I hope this encourages and inspires people when they read this. ^_^ Thank you for sharing this. ^_^ Thank you so much.