As I'm going through my desk drawer to find the perfect pen, I hope you bear with me, and enjoy


I wouldn’t hide my mind inside

These lines so you would say “he’s smart”

I’m not that deep or that intense

I’m just the guy who coughed his heart


It’s not for you to read or praise

It’s just for me to see my soul

This is the way that it should be

So break that mirror on your wall


There is no talent or a gift

It’s only how you show your mind

That’s why a tear outlives these lines

For all around me says I’m blind


Why would I write if no one is

a better poet than the world

That’s why we listen hard because

we only write what we are told


Don’t pay attention to these lines

I’m just giving my pen a test

Sadly it writes then I’m afraid

I’ll throw it out with all the rest


Submitted: February 22, 2012

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Marcele Rose

brilliant as usual! i love this, the line "that's why a tear outlives these lines" is great! keep it up!

Thu, February 23rd, 2012 1:06am


Thanks Phoebe, nothing matches the ability to touch people with your writing

Thu, February 23rd, 2012 4:44pm

towers of academe

pretty good for a quick pen test, j'attends que tu éprouves ton stylo, maintenant.
a la prochaine

Fri, February 24th, 2012 10:18pm


Thank you, I'm intending to make this into a series of poems with this being the first, keeping the same paradigm, hope I won't disappoint

Fri, February 24th, 2012 3:15pm

unmasked delusions

Genius Genius genius! This is very true- it made me think and second guess myself- which is great. I never thought of this in that way- thank you for opening my eyes. and I hope you do make more of these. Bravo! :)

Fri, June 20th, 2014 5:19am


I am willing to make more of these !!, it's just that I haven't forced it much, thanks.

Fri, June 20th, 2014 3:40pm

Origins and Tall Tales

I love this! And in response to your comment-"when I focused on my art, it was the wrong path" I meant it in a career path way. I cherish the liberty of expression, it is a relief isn't it? The part I was upset about when I wrote that was the pressure to be a best-selling author, to make it a living instead of just doing it while we're living like most great poets and artists. This comment is long to but I appreciate you reading my work! Best wishes and keep them coming! ^.^

Tue, August 5th, 2014 12:37am


Thanks, and I understand the pressure you're talking about, but I wouldn't worry about being a best-selling author while I have fans and fellow-writers such as yourself supporting me along the way...We'll get there.

Tue, August 5th, 2014 6:20am

Lisa Ayers

I love this. It's so creative and insightful. "It's just for me to see my soul" is my favorite line and I agree.

Wed, August 13th, 2014 4:37pm


Thanks, and that line is true up to some point, because I ended blaming it all on the pen.

Wed, August 13th, 2014 12:15pm

Emmett Cohl

I really enjoyed this, sir. I remember reading this before. I must not have commented before. Hm. Anyways, this was brilliant and made me smile, and was very cleverly worded. All the qualities of a good poem, sir :)

Thu, August 14th, 2014 1:21am


Thank you for the beautiful comment, nothing can be more awarding than a smile.

Thu, August 14th, 2014 12:15pm

Nikki Evans

LOL! Again it's like the pen is taking over and you're scared that you won't be able to express your feelings with out it, but what that pen doesn't know is that it's really your feelings and soul that is controlling it!!

Fri, August 15th, 2014 2:46am


That's it summed up in the best way possible, thank you for the beautiful comment.

Fri, August 15th, 2014 9:39am

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