Coming Clean Prompt


Since I read two books and am in Comp. II and A.P. Eng. I asked Mr. Acton if I could write a poem; he agreed to it, but before I get into the poem I will tell a little bit about the books. One was called Coming Clean and the other was called A Million Little Pieces. One is an autobiography and the other a biography. At first the author of the second book, A Million Little Pieces, called it an autobiography but it was discovered that he lied and some of the book was stories from other people so the publisher changed it. Coming Clean was about a girl who grew up in a loving yet dirty environment. Her dad was a hoarder and later when her mother grows sick she starts ordering things and begins hoarding things herself. the author talks about her experience, having mixed emotions for her parents. She knows they loved her exceedingly so, but she questions what would have been put first. Her or her parent’s stuff? A Million Little Pieces begins rather oddly, where at the age of 23 the author wakes up on a plane to find his four front teeth knocked out, his nose broken, and a hole through his cheek. He had no idea where plane was heading nor an recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and crack addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing. There he was told he could either stop using or die before he reached 24. This is his story of his 6 weeks in rehab. This poem is about Coming Clean.


This Bridge


This Bridge 
Genivyve Smith 
6 March 2013

I walk alone

on the path unknown.

This trail I walk

doesn’t talk,

doesn’t criticize,

doesn’t lead me to demise .

This road I take

also isn’t fake.

Now off this bridge I fall,

tumbling like a rag doll.

I was pushed to my end!

I’m the only one who has sinned?

So even as I have died,

You have lied.

Me, you have hurt

with all those words you had to blurt.

Spreading the gossip

this is how I stopped the toss-up.

You gambled with the devil.

“Hurry now come to my level,”

The devil remarked.

This hate sparked.

How long until she cracks?

Look at the swag he lacks.

I made a statement,

because of your treatment.

I chose a permanant solution to a temporary problem. 

If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all.