Moving | Teen Ink


December 7, 2009
By lilyxfiore GOLD, Smithville, Ohio
lilyxfiore GOLD, Smithville, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
The greatest truth in life is that those you love, cherish or simply trust the most are irrevocably destined to break you the most.

Opening up the door—
cracking the window—
welcoming in the
sea of new beginnings.
Armed in faded denim and tight cotton,
I approach these battle lines,
ready with myself as my battalion.
Pathetic as the French sans Napoleon—
but all I’ve got.

I’m no psychic,
but I knew this day would come.
My friends couldn’t be my shield forever.
I’d have to start over sometime;
with myself all alone.
But like fire and gasoline—
this is a combination—
without rectification.
Quite literally,
I am the rabbit
caught in the hunter’s trap.
Figuratively screwed.

I suppose if I had moved to
Friendlyville, Iowa—
We’re-All-Nice, Kansas—
or somewhere of the like,
the transition may be easier.
But this isn’t a picturesque town.
Hardly anyone is Stanford, Connecticut material.

This is a war,
where every day the sides change.
One day I’m with the Red—
the next with the Blue—
hell, third day, I’m Chartreuse!
I don’t know who my friends are.
I don’t know what side I am.
In this sea of backstabbing, complaining, vicious, downright mean—
“nice, wonderful and perfect young adults”—
I don’t know who to trust.

But I’d be a hypocrite,
If I complained to my friends much.
They all know how I feel.
They know it sucks.
And with that knowledge in me—
and them shielding the pain temporarily at times—
I still have the strength,
To open my door.
To open my window.
to approach these battle lines,
armed in faded denim and tight cotton…

The author's comments:
I moved from my 6-year home of North Carolina to Ohio this summer. I'm a military brat; I move a lot, so it's nothing new. But the people in my new home aren't friendly and nice like all the teachers told me they would be--sometimes I get pretty lonely. So I wrote this.

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