Backtrack | Teen Ink


February 14, 2014
By lovelycheese GOLD, Cupertino, California
lovelycheese GOLD, Cupertino, California
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Favorite Quote:
"If you have something to do, then do it. You can't get wasted time back." ~Ben Carson.

You can look,
says the foul-mouthed, baby-faced boy--
but you won’t find anything.
Backtrack ten years ago in
that dirty apartment and half-shut door,
sneaking eyes and harsh insults.
We came home to broken CDs and empty refrigerators,
some semblance of family, I guess.

It’s disgusting,
continues the wrinkled, saddened, maddened, and everything-else-in-between man--
He’s disgusting.
Backtrack to when nights are days, days are nights
And pain is a constant friend perched on a hobbled shoulder.
Fragmented caresses of to-be love scatters the heavily silent air
And leave the sheets aside unoccupied.

screeches the next one, her eyes of
splintered steel and fraying hair--
What did you just say?
Backtrack to the unsatisfied, always unsatisfied
Liquid disappointment runs second blood.
There’s nothing but recycled words that go unheard,
raw throats and grinding teeth;
a skeletal figure with burned-over eyes.

And you--
Feel that welling hole in your chest,
blackening, withering
a tastefully abstract picture
faceless curator.
It’s art, they say,
It’s mine.

The author's comments:
This is my poem version of the short writing piece I wrote in a rather mad rush a couple weeks ago. I tweaked and rearranged a couple of phrases here and there, but for the most part it's the same content, just presented in a different format (that I like better). Hope you enjoy!

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