a poem from “the perks of being a wallflower” by stephan chbosky

once on a yellow piece of paper,

he wrote a poem

and he called it “chops”

because that was the name of his dog.

and that’s what it was about

and his teacher gave him an A

and a gold star

and his mother hung it on he door

and read it to his aunts

that was the year father tracy

took all the kids to the zoo

and let them sing on the bus

that was the year his little sister was born

with tiny toenails and no hair

and his mother and father kissed a lot

” and the girl around the corner sent him a

valentine signed with a row of x’s

and he had to ask his father what the x’s meant

and his father always tucked him in at night

and was always there to do it

once on a piece of white paper with blue lines

he wrote a poem called “autumn”

because that was the name of the season

snd that’s what it was all about

and his teacher gave him an A

and asked him to write more clearly

and his mother never hung it on the kitchen door

because of its new paint

and the kids told him

that father tracy smoked cigars

and left butts on the pews

and sometimes they would burn holes

that was the year his sister got glasses

with thick lenses and black frames

and the girl around the corner laughed

when he asked her to go see santa claus

and the kids told him why

his mother and father kissed a lot

and his father never tucked him in at night

and got mad

when he cried for him to do it

once on a piece of paper torn from his notebook

he wrote a poem

called “innocence; a question”

because that was the question about his girl

and that’s what is was all about

and his professor gave him an A

and a strange steady look

and his mother never hung it on the kitchen door

becaue he never showed her

that was the year that father tracy died

and he forgot how the end

of apostle’s creed went

and he caught his sister

making out on the back porch

and his mother and father never kissed

or even talked

and the girl around the corner

wore too much makeup

that made him cough when he kissed her

but he kissed her anyway

because that was the thing to do

and at three a.m he tucked himself into bed

his father snoring soundly

that’s why on the back of a brown paper bag

he tried another poem

and he called it “absolutely nothing”

becaue that’s what it was really about

and he gave himself an A

and a slash on each damned wrist

and he hung it on that bathroom door

because he didn’t think

he could reach the kitchen

Just thinking all parents should remember what it feels like to grow up. Whoever you are. I know I need to be reminded, again and again.

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One thought on “a poem from “the perks of being a wallflower” by stephan chbosky

  1. I HATE that they can be so fragile. God. My heart breaks reading this. Just when I convince myself that my kid will be fine, I run across something like this that reminds me how deliberate is the choice to be fine, and how evenly it weighs against not-fine sometimes. It is hard to grow up. I see it in my boy all the time. His feeling are real and deep and harder to manage for the fact that they are so new. I hope he will be…able.

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