Look what this awesome teen wrote!

I was visiting a high school in Allen, Texas, and a girl named Alexa Stolarski gave me an extraordinary poem she’d written to the main character of my novel, Notes from the Midnight Driver.  I was blown away, so I asked if I could share it here, and she agreed.  Here it is:

In the pages of the book
I see broken shards of glass
Serrated edges hiding
The words that lie
In every paragraph
But I did not look at the words as the glass fell
For though the crash was rough, loud and hard on gentle ears
For a moment it sounded like music

Dear Alex,
Play the guitar for me
Prove that the emotions you feel
Can be boxed up
Locked up with a fake gold key
And transformed into a dull rage
That you softly play through the chords
As you sit alone

I hear your anger
I hear your sadness
And I hear your fear

You are selfish like a child
For the melody you play inside your head
Overpowers any other voice but your own

“Listen,” I want to shout
Stop living in your own world
Stop blaming others for your actions
You are nothing but a seed that is too proud to beg for water

But when the elephant in the room
Sits upon your chest
The one sinking, wavering word
You speak is
Help

But help does not come with angel’s wings
Or a halo made of gold
It comes forth from a bitter old man
Who becomes an unlikely friend
“Listen,” I whisper
And you hear him
Speaking the truth

And slowly as the seasons pass
You changed
You began to grow to the sound of a guitar
You learned to play

Your ending was not joyous
It was not sad and not in between
But in a strange way it was a beautiful end
For it felt real

One Response to “Look what this awesome teen wrote!”

  1. OMG AWESOME!!!!!! Can you also write more about your book Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie

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