Opening Doors

by Gabrielle K, age 13
Opening Doors Gabrielle K, 13, NJ, is very grateful to be able to share some of the poems that she has worked on this summer with you! This summer was her first time that she participated in a Writopia class, and she enjoyed the experience immensely. Gabi would like to thank Kira Beilis and her other classmates for all their input and help to enhance her poetry. In addition to writing, Gabrielle loves to act and sing. She has been in numerous musicals in her local community. She hopes that the readers take liking to her poetry. Enjoy!

“She always stays by that window”

By the Window

 

Her eyes always open

her mouth closed

when she watches outside

looking through the window

 

She seldom hears the truth

mysterious because no one ever knows

she sees the flower dance through the window

 

reality seems so far away

but yet it seems so close

from watching the world through the screens of the window

 

her family was absent

her heart a broken mess

the window was the only place where she wept

 

her bodies scarred with malicious words all the things that people said

it knocked her down so deep and hard

by the window is where she is instead

 

she looks at life in a different way

The curtains rarely close

because the way she sees things is from the window

the wheels are always turning

taking everything in

she always seems

to be somewhere studying

 

studying the way the neighbors laugh

studying the way they do their hair

studying all their friends, that party

every friday without a care

 

She always stays by that window

never opens the door

she sees all the adventures

but she never explores

 

But school is out

time to start again

find herself

make other friends

get out from the window

go to the stream

and wash away

the hateful words that viciously stained

and soon enough

she will be again

a girl no different

 

Under lock and key

His image stands with popularity misunderstood

everybody always talks

he never gave any love a chance

no ever has found the key to his locks

 

his heart has been protected

and a door of bricks that pile up and block

with layers of insulation

that can’t be opened with any lock

his mind is always running

but he has only one dream

to find someone who will open the lock

and not label him as what he seems

 

His smile is too charming ,

he’s so good at playing the game

but he never truly wins

and it’s only himself to blame

 

his words are few

although everyone seems to be obsessed

he gets confused easily

but understands how to comfort  others who are depressed

his locks are made of gold

but are starting to get rusted

he refuses to open them

to someone who can’t be trusted

 

And so he waits and hopes one day

someone won’t see him as a jock

he is waiting for that not so perfect stranger

who might be worthy of opening his locks

 

Opening Doors

She watches as

he gives a haircut to the grass

the blonde curls sunshine out

she smiles to herself and the moment lasts

 

He can’t believe

that everybodys at the pool

but he’s mowing the grass

trying to make some money, for school

 

She dares again

to sneak a look at him past

the window, their eyes meet

but she turns away too fast

 

He’s catches sight

a coco brown, intriguing eyes

a pair that sees your soul

he can’t deny

 

she comes across

a feeling she has never felt before

her heart tells her

its time to open up the door

 

He feels a wave

of something he sort of feels

of what those eyes just saw

the part that’s he never reveals

 

She tells her head

he’s just the boy from across the street

but every single second he comes to mind

her heart skips a beat

He never used to think

of that familiar girl

who lived across the street

but was always in some other world

 

she saw him the other day

with his big crew walking their way

she turned her head, cheeks flushed

but she wished he would have stayed.

 

He thinks his summer is going fine

nothing too thrilling

but there is still that hole of unacceptance

that no one is filling

 

She sees him there

and out of excitement taps on the window tiles

the sun is shining so he shades his face

looks by the windows way, and give her a smile

He heard a noise

it got his attention

he saw the girl,

smiled through the window’s protection.

She couldn’t believe

that the smile was her own

and she cherished  that smile

more than he’d ever know

 

He was about to leave but

he looked back, with confusion not doubt

shook his head to himself

wondering what that spark was about

 

She knew what it was

her very own spark

that boy was opening up

something special–her heart

 

He wanted to go back

wanted to see her again

wanted to figure what they could be

if they tried out as friends

 

She was delighted

for the next few hours

she felt a hope in herself

she sang to the flowers

 

He keep glancing at the window

the sunshine reflecting her face

to his surprise

she came out of the place

 

she felt a shiver

that comes with feeling alive

it was a voice

that had called her inside

He saw her coming

didn’t know what to do

he decided to be himself

his first time being totally true

 

She had a smile on her face

she was feeling no regrets

the door spilling sunshine in

she feels limitless

 

He waves hi

he sees her blush

and thinks it’s cute

maybe he has a crush

 

She’s flooded with words

she wants to say

to this stranger

who she trusts undeniably

 

Their eyes meet

no other people around

exchange a smile

lost in the sea of chocolate brown.

 

He feels a shock

he thinks it’s too abrupt

what he getting himself into

when he has never been loved?

 

She observes his thoughts

and sees the wheels turning

is it possibly he

doesn’t feel the same yearning?

 

He shakes her off

why even try

how does he know it’s different

he won’t be anyones guy

She holds back tears

it was her first attempt

her first time opening the doors

thinks, how foolish that he’d accept.

 

He wanders home

and keeps reflecting

he wasn’t seeing how

they could be connecting

He decides

he needs to get out

and at the same park

is that girl running in it thoughtout

 

She feels the need

for some fresh air

she’s surprised to meet

that boy but doesn’t seem to care.

 

He saw her face

it was like watching a show

she was running away from something

maybe the reason he might know

 

She searches her heart

and competes with her mind

she has already sat by

for this love she will have to fight blind

 

He gets a little startled

wants to run away

when she starts to run

over his way

 

She smiles for real

and this time even speaks

and makes it obvious that

his care is what she seeks

 

He tries his best

to find what he wants

he is compelled to her

but afraid it will be a mistake that haunts

 

She sees him outside

and instantly gets the door

her feet felt enlightened

sure that this time she’ll soar

 

He had made up his mind

after estimating the chances

mistakes were always taunting and

he didn’t know if this relationship would take advances

 

She went outside

and with self pride

asked the stranger his name

he let off a strong vibe

 

He smiled slightly

to the girl and said

he was Jake

with the golden curls on his head

 

She said she liked it

and ruffled his curls

she said she was Danielle

and he said she was a beautiful girl

 

He took her hand

and they were assured

this was the love

they were living for

 

She had the key

it fit in his heart

he opened the door

and let the adventures start

 

He had found someone

who had fought for his lock

who had valued his carefulness

and understood why he kept up those blocks

 

She found someone

who brought her outside

he made her feel

like she was alive

 

They both found a person

who brought out their best

who understood their hearts

and they lived truly blessed.

 

Everyone needs someone

to help them out of their door

and together you work as a team

and you find your own roar.

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