Consequences | Teen Ink


March 15, 2016
By helen_ikonic GOLD, Toronto, Ontario
helen_ikonic GOLD, Toronto, Ontario
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Favorite Quote:
"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." -Bill Gates

"Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want. Go for it." -10 Things I Hate About You (1999)




No words came out of my mouth. No thoughts came to mind, either. My mind was blank and I was irrevocably thrown off course.
It felt as if I were writing a test I hadn't studied for.


I was completely ill-prepared.


I wasn't prepared for her to walk right out of my life.
I wasn't prepared for the pain in my heart, one that would sear through my entire body, flooding my brain, consciously, unconsciously. Even in my sleep I could not escape the inundating glimpses of her that would seep in surreptitiously, evanescently, sporadically.


Is it wrong for me to cry? Is it wrong for me to wail?

What should I do? What shouldn't I do?


She turned so cold. Her face wasn't hers. Her body, emaciated; her skin, slit; her eyes; bedimmed.


An illness of the mind; an illness of perception; an illness of oneself. A curse of self-hatred, of which I am powerless to break. She glanced at the mirror above the vanity once a day, grimacing at the imperfections.


She is her own worst enemy - her mind, the devil.


But she is an angel, beyond ephemeral.


She is beautiful.


She is me.

The author's comments:

Love yourself. Accept yourself for who you truly are. You are beautiful, amazing and full of wondrous potential. Don't listen to anyone who will tell you otherwise.

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on Aug. 20 2016 at 12:17 am
pineappler03 SILVER, Waterford, Connecticut
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I love how you explain the story behind each poem first off. Secondly I'm sorry if I keep commenting on your work, I just really really love your writing! I think this is one of my most favorite poems of yours, mainly because I can relate to it the most. You are very first writer on Teen Ink thats ever made me cry over a poem. Thank you so much for making me feel better about my self.