Title: Inner Reflections

Author: Kenhime

Genre: Angst

Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto, and I'm quite glad I don't.  I don't want to handle all those girls coming at me with killer intent just because I favor one pairing (be it yaoi or non-yaoi) over the other. *shudders at the thought*

Author's Note: I wanted to write a fanfic, but I was inspired to write something that looks somewhat like poetry.  ^_^;;  I'm not a natural poet...but unusually, this was spawned out of nowhere by my muse.  There are no pairings, by the way, just simple musings.

Second Author's Note: At first, I intended only to do the three main characters of Naruto, but I made more look-alike poetry for other characters.  I organized the genin (or chuunin, for that matter) into their assigned groups of three (Naruto/Sasuke/Sakura, Hinata/Kiba/Shino, etc.).  Be warned that these words are very cryptic and if you can comprehend them, you will see some big spoilers.  ^^;;;  The pieces are all in fifteen lines.

"Uzumaki Naruto"

Empty hatred filled my soul...

A loathing body cursed forever...

Acknowledge me to save my sanity I plead...

But when the plea is answered...

And forgotten, leaving only with to protect

Even if I'm weak,

If my words resound too loudly in your ears

If I'm simple...

Strength is what I'll obtain at my life's stake,

My words never empty

My courage a blessed simplicity...

With the protector clutched tightly in my hands

I forget the reason of my life...

And realize that the meaning of me

Lies only in the meaning of others

"Uchiha Sasuke"

My existence is but only an ambition...

To face those sick red eyes again...

Orbs of a terrifying brooding fire...

That struck me with fear, hate, and confusion...

But now I will grow strong for that sole reason...

To find him again, and feel his cold blood...

Course down my victorious and shaking hands...

Which were calloused with many scars

All waiting to see, along with my own dull red eyes...

The slow, excruciating death of him...

My brother, my father's pride, my mother's love...

The killer of my clan and end of innocence

Emotions dance around me like leaves in the wind

A whirl of hatred, loneliness, misery...

And...hope too?

"Haruno Sakura"

My crush seems no more than superficial...

But my heart beats quick and steady...

When my lips whisper his loving name...

Through small moments do I see the pain he holds...

A window into his soul that had never existed before...

But when it was gone...

I, bereft of the sound of his quiet voice

Hearing the thumps of his passing steps...

Am suddenly aware of a little boy who's caged inside him...

Unable to find an answer to the pain

I cannot understand...

Who am I, a girl with a family, naive, to really know what exists inside of him?

But in spite of these enigmas, in spite of this barrier

My hands reach out, fingertips brushing against his pale cheeks...

To comfort a boy, weary of solitude, and to fill his nothing with my everything...