The Bell Rang *Trigger Warning* – POEM

The bell rang

Piercing sound that had no change

There was no indication of the future

I sat at my desk

Unaware of the latest gossip

The teacher began

No indication of change

The squeaking door moved

Revealing his pale face

His hands in his hoodie

Snickers erupted

But I didn’t understand

I didn’t know

He sat beside me

As he always does

The snickers continued

The tick tock went by

Sucking his teeth

Jumping in his seat

Something was wrong, I knew

I had dated him long enough

Not until the scraping of his chair

Turned so fast that it was almost a blur

I almost didn’t realize

Screams erupted, chaos insued

Everyone ran

But I sat still

We weren’t friends

I didn’t even know his name

But I couldn’t stop myself from staring

I could hear his laboured breathing

The blood was visible

He said nothing, only stared

Others ran but I stayed

Staring at the kid I barely knew

The piercing sound continued

Not from the bell this time

Could hear the screams

Sound of tumbling

But my gaze never moved

It was only us

The kids on the floor and the teacher

He turned to me

Tears in his eyes

I thought I was dead

I thought it would all be over

He dropped to the floor

Crying and begging

As the door slammed open


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Sabrina Ingram

Hello, my name is Sabrina Ingram. I am the author of The White Butterfly and The Girl in the Cage. You can find me on my website ( where I talk about writing, books, personal things, and much more!

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