“My Pen Is Out of Ink” by Tegan Pedersen

Tegan Pedersen (age 15)


my pen is out of ink.
and the house is creaking
and the curtains keep moving
and my pen is out of ink.

you still stand there,
as quiet as you’ve ever been
[i was always into the artist-type]
and my pen is out of ink.

and the planes go by overhead
passing all of the birds
and the clouds
and it’s beautiful, really.
my pen is out of ink.

and the kids are lying
in the park
in the woods and
leaves are falling
and they are singing
and carrying on
and my pen is out of ink.

the rain just started
[‘O the sound of heaven cryin’]
and there was lightning
which is god
one of them
or something better
and my pen is out of ink.

now they are leaving
escaping dust
and other things
and i’d love to write a letter

[but my pen is out of ink.]

from 2016 Rattle Young Poets Anthology


Why do you like to write poetry?

Tegan Pedersen: “Poetry is an anchor, but not in the weigh-me-down sense. Poetry is an anchor in that it keeps me grounded to who I am, to who I aspire to be. Poetry is a gateway, one that leads me to places I could have never imagined before words. Poetry is the idea that anything is possible, that anything can and will happen, and it’s up to me to make it come true. Poetry isn’t just a hobby anymore; I write to breathe.”

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