Hurting Poem by Teens

A Strong Girl Never Cries

This is my first poem I have ever written, and it means something more to me that just a poem. My parents divorced when I was 4 because of drugs and because my older brother and I were taken away from them. My father is dead now; he was murdered 8 months ago. The woman who killed him isn't in jail. We have yet to go to the cops and file a real report and take her to court. I cut myself now because I'm dealing with so much pain.

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Published by Family Friend Poems July 2010 with permission of the Author.

Walking through the rain,
I try to forget the pain.
I try to ignore the sting in my eyes,
because I know a strong girl never cries.
I begin to run, run from my fears.
But I am followed by my ever-present tears.
I want to leave these familiar places,
leave behind all of these frequent faces.
But where will I go?
What will I do?
All I know is I have to get far away from you.
But something keeps me here,
crying one last tear.


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  • Brantley by Brantley
  • 4 years ago

You aren't alone. My parents divorced when I was ten (five years ago), and I still feel the effects of it. Stay strong and never forget that you have someone who is on your side.

  • Subhash Bansal by Subhash Bansal
  • 5 years ago

In his first poem, Jordan has exposed his inner feelings so effectively that I feel like developing a strong bond between us. Not because I have undergone the same experiences but because of his frankness, sincerity and innocence. I would only say please let the life move on. Try to forget the past as it is history now. Do not care for future because of it being a mystery, as nobody would be able to unfold it. Live only in the present. Enjoy every moment because it will never come back. God bless you, my child.
-Subhash Bansal

  • Quinn C. Gravatt by Quinn C. Gravatt
  • 8 years ago

This poem seems to be rather old, but I'm just now stumbling upon it and I swear it was fate. I read through the comments and felt such a deep connection. Like a lot of you, my childhood sucked really bad. My biological mother had a lot of mental problems of her own and neglected us. She would lock me and my siblings in a room and not feed us. When I managed to sneak out and get food I only ever got enough for them and only ate if they were full. When I turned three my older half brother took my innocence from me and didn't stop until I was seven. I have only recently told people. My mother left when I was five to get mental help and I missed her every day; weird to say, I know. My dad was never home and I had to take care of three kids on my own. He finally remarried and I was treated like a slave. I was recently checked in to a psych ward because I tried to kill myself. Hold on Angels it gets better.

  • Ivy Rose by Ivy Rose, Hartville Missouri
  • 9 years ago

I know what it's like, my parents split when I was 5 and my real mom treats me like a slave. I don't talk to my dad and this poem reminded me of how much pain one kid can feel. Jordan never stop writing about this I know it hurts but writing helps to express your pain to others. Trust me it never gets easier, I could tell you it does but it doesn't and I know you don't want a therapy session. I think it is amazing a 13 year old went through this and can write bout it. I am 16 and I really know what happens with this .

  • Kylee by Kylee
  • 9 years ago

I'm so sorry I'm here to talk and I used to cut myself really bad but I haven't in 4 weeks. I believe you can make it. STAY STRONG!!! A lot of people are here for you. I promise .... <3

  • Breanna Bowmam by Breanna Bowmam
  • 10 years ago

I have to comment on this. I have to. Your life is worse, this I understand, but my mother and father divorced when I was 5, all my family is dead or I never knew them, my mother was in a recent car wreck, she broke her back, and will not recover. My father remarried a woman who treats me lower than dirt, I know you hear a lot of people say this, but I truly have no friends, no one to talk to. My little family of five, in my house, fight, constantly. Not a day goes by that there is not a fight, a full blown throw things at each other fight. My last friend became a full out alcoholic, and the only one I had left moved, I have no contact with her. I want you to keep your head up, show life you better than it!! And show everyone no matter what they do they cannot change you! I know from experience. And me, I'm 13 as well, I may have not gone through as much as you, but believe me when I say this, I understand it completely. I'm not going to go for the sappy counselor act, but I just want to give you a message straight from my own heart, and can only hope you find it helpful. Keep going strong, you've made it this far.

  • Hannah by Hannah, Kentucky
  • 10 years ago

Hi Jordan.
I know our situations aren't the same. But I feel a similar pain. My parents divorced each other when I was 8, I'm now almost 14. My mom cheated on my dad, and then she left for a while. She came back.
It may seem like a good thing but...She was mean, angry, and I strive for her approval still. I don't feel good enough. I struggle with self image, confidence, and bipolar disorder.
It's really hard. I know it is.The only thing that keeps my head up is knowing, I'm not the only one who goes through this. Smiling may feel fake when you're in this circumstance, but keep that smile.
Even if I smile, it'll make me feel better. And I know, your life is not easy one bit, but something that could make you feel a tiny bit better is either a hug, help someone else, or both! It's rough. But life won't be the same years from now. Sweetie, (if you live in the US...) if life doesn't get better soon, then hold up your hand. Count your fingers. That's how many years you have until you can start a new chapter. Till then, keep writing.

  • Zoe Billings by Zoe Billings
  • 10 years ago

I've got this feeling in my heart that's telling me that's it's time to let go, that it's time to move on from my whole world. I'll always remember you, I'll never forget a moment, kiss, or laugh we ever shared, but it hurts so bad to just wait around for someone you might never get. I tried my best and my damnedest to get my life back together but I think if we just said a proper goodbye, all may be forgotten. I'll keep you in my heart forever. Please find a girl who's gonna treat you like a prince, a girl who's gonna be honest and loyal. Don't ever forget my promise..

  • Kalli by Kalli
  • 10 years ago

I cry myself to sleep at night. Only nightmares to come. Two teens at age of 5 took away my innocence, just to make sure, they did they did it two times a day for 2 years. I would come home from school to get yelled at for things I never did, for messes i didn't make. I cut my wrists and try to commit suicide, My dad cheated on my mom for a long time so by the time I was one they got divorced, I get bullied day after day, people I don't even know call me anorexic and others call me a slut because of what happened to me. I have more to share but this isn't about me, it's about you, I hope you're okay and that someday whoever killed your father will go to jail, just remember to think about how things can get worse, not how things can get better. I'm 13 too, nobody should ever have to go through what we have been through. I know I don't know you my little angel, but I love you!

  • Sade Stewart by Sade Stewart, Chicago Illnois
  • 11 years ago

Dear Jordan, You wrote this good ass poem at 13, & it's your first one to, that's what's up. I understand what you went through because I felt the same way, but at the same time you can't hold everything in cause it can blow up a storm. But sometime a big girl has to cry depending on what is the situation, then it's going to happen, I been in situations dealing with family, friends, people, & more. All I have to said is you keep writing these good ass poem, & everything going to be alright trust me, I know. But I'm also sorry for what happened just keep hanging on, & be strong at whatever you do. O.K.

  • Roimata Benedito by Roimata Benedito
  • 11 years ago

Jordan this was so touching it brought me to tears just reading it out loud it's so sweet and I'm only 14 please write more

  • Grace by Grace, Singapore
  • 11 years ago

Hi Jordan, I am 13 this year. You wrote this poem when you were 13... Stay strong!! Although I am not experiencing the same pain as you but I know it will be painful. Stay strong, never give up, you will always find a way out to any problems as long as you are not defeated. If you lose this battle, you lose everything... Think of the wonderful world, the people here encouraging you... The world is a beautiful place, to be born into, if you don't mind some pebbles, on your way to success...

Strong strong and Cheers!!

  • Farhanamimi by Farhanamimi, Dhaka
  • 12 years ago

Hi Jordan.. this is your first poem and it's really good.. I can understand your pain .. life is full of pain.. when my husband died I was totally shattered , I loved him so so much.. I was in clinical treatment for long time. My dad could not see me like this and he became sick then dad also past away...I was left alone ..

  • Bryanna by Bryanna
  • 12 years ago

Dear Jordan I have felt the same way I would in the past hold it on but blew up on my siblings. My family would say why are you crying..... you hold it in until you can't take it and want to escape. Jordan say what you feel don't ruin yourself for someone and you can overcome this, reach for the stars and beyond love.

  • Liz Hope by Liz Hope
  • 12 years ago

Hey Jordan this is your first Poem that is very cool you should write more I fine writing poems helps out with the pain getting your thoughts down on computer or paper.

I am also 13 I lost my Grandfather and he didn't quit play or sit or spend time with me but I loved him he suffered from cancer for years but now he died and I am very sad but I know he doesn't miss me.

Keep it strong girl a strong girl can some times cry every one does. I have not that many times because I have held it in so long but I found it helped me to cry even though I have only a couple times in my life.


  • Blaze by Blaze
  • 12 years ago

I am living with my mom, dealing with peer pressure and puberty. My father is going crazy. I want to run, I want to hide, but I wait. Wait for what? I don't know, yet. A miracle. A chance. Some days are good, most bad. Good turns to bad and I want to run, let me run. But my heart says to hold on for a moment, as if I am not even myself anymore, as if I'm someone else, it says stay here, they need you here. I am 13, the regular age. 5 more years, I can't wait to run.

  • Llanet by Llanet, Age 13
  • 12 years ago

Hey, You know life ain't something you can control. Cry all you can, go to a place were you can be alone and scream, run until your legs ache and your head feels dizzy. I know it myself, that's what I do. Try it just keep running and running, ignore the rest of the world, that'll make you feel better. Your not Alone you'll always find nice people somewhere, they are scarce but they exist.

  • Sarinah by Sarinah
  • 12 years ago

It may seem like your whole world is crashing down on you, but you (or ANY of you) should not turn to cutting or hurting yourself. This may sound really cliche, but make a list of all the things in your life you're grateful for. Confide in a friend who understands what you're going through. Find something else to embrace your emotions healthily and splatter paint on a canvas or make more BEAUTIFUL poetry and maybe even turn your poetry into music. Your poem is amazingly beautiful and I read it all of the time. I hope you continue to write and stay strong<3

  • Misty by Misty, NSW
  • 13 years ago

God I know how you feel.. Remember that you are never alone..just never forget it ever
I'm here for you

  • Ines by Ines
  • 13 years ago

hey Jordan!!
I'm also 13 and I love your poem very much!! I hope that makes you feel better but I had the same things ; my parents split up when I was 6, my life is a mess I just wish to die but after a few years I did feel better! I know when you feel like nothing is left for you to give and that your life is meaningless but you just have to keep holding on and something will make wanna live and stay strong!
god bless and trust me just keep holding on !

  • Jordan by Jordan
  • 13 years ago

I somewhat know how you feel. My parents are in their stages of getting divorced. It's a struggle, they still fight a lot, over the phone. Been fightin' ever since I can remember. I have never lost anyone close to me, so I can't relate to you in that part of your situation. I'm 13 also. You might be able to become a poet. I love your name.

  • Dedra by Dedra, Tennessee
  • 13 years ago

Wow Jordan I Can't believe this is your first poem and my parents divorced when I was 12 mo. so I couldn't witness it. I hope everything turns out good in the future and please keep writing :)

  • Kevin by Kevin, Oklahoma
  • 13 years ago

Wow Jordan, I am also 13 and I lost my Aunt to suicide, I know it's not the same, but I know your pain. I love your poem it touched me. I still can't believe this is your first poem, it is so touching. I hope everything turns right in the long run. Please keep writing. :)

  • Klaudia by Klaudia
  • 13 years ago

Omg! This is your first poem and it's sooo good, I'm really sorry about what happened, I'm in your age and I lost my father when I was 6, he committed suicide.
... I know it wasn't mentioned in this poem but, never, feel responsible for someone's death, cause that's what happened to me, I used to blame myself for my fathers death, and now I cut myself (basically I'm emo)... I REALLY LOVED YOUR POEM I HOPE YOU WRITE MORE !

  • Ashley by Ashley, Albuquerque NM
  • 13 years ago

I am truly amazed that this is you first poem. it is very good and very well spoken. I'm sorry for your hard times I know what you're going through to an extent, my grandmother was murdered 3 years ago. The person who did it walks free today. Even after all that happened to me I can hold my head up high and I do not want to preach to you but the only thing holding my head up is Jesus Christ. I'm not perfect and neither are you but I want you to know God loves you! I also am a former cutter and I still would be to this day if Jesus was not in my life. I will pray that you stop hurting yourself because even though I don't know you I hurt for you. You will be in my prayers. Be strong kiddo

  • Turtle Kid by Turtle Kid
  • 13 years ago

Jordan, You have to be your own best friend. I'm sure you've heard that before, but it is true. Take care of YOU the way you should. Get out! You will find a way! I will always remember you and be rooting for you.
Remember, you are NOT your parents. You are Jordan Brave and Strong!! The power for a great life is within you. Never give up! Thanks, through your poem, you have helped me.

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