Feelings Poem by Teens

Not Recognizing Who You've Become

I wrote this poem because it describes what I am feeling. It's about what I see when I look in the mirror and how I've changed so much over the past years that I hardly recognize myself anymore. It is also about how it makes me sad thinking about who I have become compared to who I used to be.

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I was looking for some poems for my 12-year-old daughter, and I bumped upon this poem. A great poem and reflection of the feelings of a teenage girl. I say this because I see my daughter...

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A Lost Little Girl


Published by Family Friend Poems December 2008 with permission of the Author.

She looks in the mirror
And sees someone staring straight back at her,
A lost little girl
With cold hard eyes
And no expression on her face,
Trying to cover up the pain she feels.
A lost little girl,
With too much anger inside of her to control,
So she takes it out on everyone around her
Because she can't stop herself.
A tear falls from her eye,
Realizing that this lost little girl
Who is staring back at her
Is in fact herself,
Her reflection.
So wiping her tears away,
She steps closer to the mirror,
Looks herself in the eyes,
And whispers to herself,
"Who have I become?"


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  • Firoz Ali by Firoz Ali
  • 5 years ago

I was looking for some poems for my 12-year-old daughter, and I bumped upon this poem. A great poem and reflection of the feelings of a teenage girl. I say this because I see my daughter passing through the same feelings every single day. Probably the problem is on us - elders. We want her to be the way we want - not knowing what she might want. "Don't do this," "Do that," "What will people say?" As parents, we are independent but why don't we let our kids be independent? Perhaps the reason is our hopes to see them in a big way, perhaps it is our fear inside not to let them do the same mistake that we did when we were young! This poem moved me. And I promise to make amendments. Instead of correcting my only child, I will try to correct myself.

  • Alyssa Paige Riley by Alyssa Paige Riley
  • 7 years ago

I feel like this, too. I used to be carefree and happy, until one day when my life was twisted. Everyone thinks I'm still the little girl who never saw depression in her life. No one knows that I have been suffering and trying to explain to them for about 2 years now. I look at myself in the mirror and see someone new: someone I'm not proud of. No one asks, "How do you truly feel?" or "Am I hurting your feelings?" Instead, they pushed me to depression and never cared once. I don't actually know why I'm typing this down, but I feel like I can't keep pretending. Almost each day I'm pushed to the point of crying because of my family and fake friends.

  • Kailey by Kailey, Arkansas
  • 9 years ago

I feel like this every day. I feel I no longer know myself for it is hard to know yourself. I used to be a perfectly happy little girl and now I'm 14 trying to find my place in life. It is so hard going on not knowing who you are or what you want. Life is everything but easy. I'm battling many problems, but the biggest battle I'm fighting is with myself.

  • Tniyah by Tniyah, MD
  • 10 years ago

This is me, this is how I feel every single day. I feel like I just want to hurt myself every time I look in the mirror or when I get in a problem with someone. So thank you for sharing.

  • Krista Corley by Krista Corley
  • 10 years ago

This is me all the way. I love your poetry. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Wallace by Wallace, Sydney
  • 10 years ago

Wow, just wow. Are you inside my head? This actually made me tear up. Someone understands me!!

  • Courtney Wilson by Courtney Wilson
  • 11 years ago

This is amazing. It's the definition of myself! I struggle with depression and really bad anger issues. There's times that I look at myself and say who am I? or who have I even become?

  • Rebecca by Rebecca, Minnesota
  • 11 years ago

I understand what you mean. Every morning when I get up, I look at myself. I don't know who I am anymore. I snap at the littlest things. I bottle everything up and not talk to people. I am scared they will judge me, or laugh at me. So I completely understand what you are feeling.

  • Allie R. by Allie R.
  • 11 years ago

I feel the exact same way.. when I look in the mirror I feel as if the person staring back at me is a totally different person than Me. I have asked myself time and time again "who am I?" I isolate myself with the wall I built upon myself. I get you I understand!

  • Whitney by Whitney, North Dakota
  • 11 years ago

Yeah I know what you mean, I have anger, bipolar and depression but you have to live it, each passing day and when you look in the mirror and see a different person it's because you're changing into a new person and you just don't realize it. It's normal.

  • Kristina by Kristina, New York
  • 12 years ago

OMG. When I read this poem the first thing I though of was....ME. I have been feeling this way for awhile now and I don't know why. Everytime someone wonders what is wrong, I put a wall up. I hold in all in until it explodes. I don't know who I am anymore :(

  • Emilie by Emilie
  • 14 years ago

God. I feel like that all the time. I always just look in the mirror, and wonder who I am becoming. And... the pain I feel sometimes. It's like I have put a wall of ice around myself. And anyone who asks what's wrong I snap at. I understand how you feel. I really really do.

  • viviana by viviana
  • 15 years ago

omg...I feel this exact way..n your poem really touched me because as a matter of fact this is how I feel right at this moment

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