Treasure Island

Mary Gilliam

(9/30/98 / Tolar Texas)


They make and break us,
Big or small we all have them.
They are the clothes in our closet.

They are impossible to keep,
No matter how well you keep it.
Someone always finds out, someone always tells.

We tend to tell allies, friends
And trust them with your life but,
Will they really keep it?

I don't understand,
How we can be so vulnerable?
The past is the past, you can't change it!

We all go insane over our secrets being exposed,
Everyone, scared that someone will get dirt on us.
Each of our closets are filled with old dirty clothes.

Secrets can make or break us, but we must decide for our selves.

Submitted: Sunday, May 05, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Life is like high school. Adults are scared that everything will crumble around them just like teenagers. Sure the stakes feel higher, but a crumbling life still crumbles no matter your age! People try to say teens don't live in the real world but there is teen pregnancy, teen drug use, teens in gangs, teens in prison, teens with jobs, teens just trying to fit in and get by. That's what adults forget, they forget how their childhood was. They forget wanting desperately to fit in and find acceptance.

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  • Allen Steble (5/5/2013 8:27:00 AM)

    Excellent poem, adults and teenagers are very alike and face similar problems everyday, nicely expressed too. (Report) Reply

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