Flip-Flops in Quicksand

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic
This poem is about a boy who is riduculked because of his so called "silence" and then the truth is revealed.

Submitted: February 02, 2011

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Flip-Flops in Quicksand
 
He was always the boy who never spoke,
Unless he was spoken to.
I mean, who would blame him?
It’s all his parents ever taught him.
 
When children would poke him and tease him,
He’d just stay quiet,
Because that was all his parents ever taught him.
 
He would sit inside and watch children,
Beating other children senseless.
And within the dark abyss,
Of his twisted mind
He would sit and stay quiet, like he was set in cement.
 
When it came to Friday afternoon,
And his pit-bull faced teacher would announce,
“Come on boys! You’ve got five minutes, boots on, laced up!”
He would sit there trapped to the bench of the dressing room,
Like he was wearing flip-flops in quicksand.
 
Then came the big match,
It was coach’s big break; he would be promoted if they won.
A defender was badly hurt,
HE needed to step in.
Yet HE sits there idle, subdued.
 
Coach bellowed the words in MY face,
“Get out there and play!”
Yet I stay still.
I am broken,
I am forced to remove my shirt,
And the truth is revealed.
 
Under the shirt lies torn, blistered and battered skin
The truth, the REAL truth is uncovered
He stayed quiet, didn’t say a word,
Not like anyone bothered.
Then when THEY came he stayed idle, speechless when the truth,
The REAL truth was covered up by lies.
Like spreading new icing over a cake,
Or a fresh-double coat of paint.
His bruises became more bruises,
 
And yet still, he sat there as if he was encased in cement,
Sat there like he was wearing flip-flops in quicksand.
 
Ameen Miah


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