Laney Owen


Knots - Poem by Laney Owen

i will not be
some ten minute
cigarette break-
you can not
extinguish me
after lighting
me up

you think you're young
but you aren't.
you're nearly
sixteen-
you have a job
a car
drugs
a girlfriend
can
you
just
slow
down?

i am prone to
influence
and you wish
to escape,
so i'll try
and escape
with you
even when i am
comfortable

i think i'm young
and i am.
i just turned
fifteen-
i applied for a job
i'm getting my license
i haven't touched drugs
i have you
can
i
just
speed
up?

i see her sometimes
and she thinks she
is young
but she isn't-
she's sixteen.
like you.
she gets it all.
she knows you.
but you know what
i know?
me neither.
so you have to
stay
and
teach me
because i can
knot
untie myself.

Topic(s) of this poem: boyfriend, depression, drugs, girlfriend, growing up, love


Poet's Notes about The Poem

The speaker feels like everybody in her life is growing old around her, especially her partner. She feels left out and cast away from him as he becomes closer with another girl with similar experiences to him. The speaker feels like he is going to leave her in the dust, and she is rushing her youth to be with him, even though she doesn't want to grow up. She feels tied to him and she feels as if he is pulling her along. She doesn't want to be tied to him like this, but she feels as if she won't ever be able to grow up without him guiding her.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 18, 2015



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