Back Story :: Poem from High School

This poem keeps coming to mind lately. It was published in the "stuff you wrote" section of Sassy magazine and I still have it memorized after all these years. Here goes:

i tried to climb the stairs but i couldn't
something was holding me back, and i lost the battle

they say the grass is always greener on the other side

but grass is grass

and green is green

and i like the color that i live with

so i cried as i climbed the stairs

and i cried as i went down the stairs

and i cried when the grass
changed colors

I apologize for not knowing who the author is.


  1. Whoa.

    That's a great description of teen depression.

  2. I agree.

    It makes me think mostly of life and changes and being immature and unable to cope with the changes. Or at least wanting to stay young but needing space, all those teen things.

  3. Oh, on a reread.....I see that!

    Changing grass.....maybe from young green to brown....

    Climbling stairs, progression.....

    It's a lovely poem, deep.....deeper than it appears.

    Wonder what did become of the author?

  4. I was thinking about this in the shower this morning, and I decided to just say that. I love the way your blog makes me think about things and sticks with me when I'm doing something else.

  5. That last comment was from me. I guess I was signed in as Chris. It's like we're one person....
    Last night we were looking at your wedding photos on flickr. Chris really liked your hair thing (I'm at a loss for what you would call it).


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