Hurting Poem by Teens

Breaking The Silence: Opening Up About My Struggles

I am a 15-year-old girl who has gone through a lot in my life. When I was almost 12, my sister Vicki died in a car accident. I've also lost 10 more people in my life since then. It's hard, and sometimes I don't know what to do, so I wrote this for my parents.

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This poem was so touching. I want to say that I know what you are going through, but I can't. I have my own problems that I feel guilty about and wish I could escape them. But I can tell you...

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I Am Not


Published by Family Friend Poems March 2011 with permission of the Author.

I know I get angry, I know I rant and scream
But all I want to do is wake up from this dream
I try to stop being rude, I try to brush things off
But it's hard to do all this when I feel I'm not good enough
I'll never be a Vicki, beautiful, loving, and brightly glowing
I'll never be a Markee whose hard work is always showing
I'll never be a Crystal who's organized and neat
I'll never be a Madison who beats everyone in a meet
I'll never be a Candace who's the baby of our crew
I'll never be any of them; I can't fill any of their shoes
I'm just a teenage girl, who doesn't know what's going on
I'm just another troublemaker who has a thousand cons
I'm not that good at dance, my singing is just okay
I'm not the prettiest thing to look at, things don't go my way
I'm the one in the family who cries myself to sleep at night
I'm the one who for some odd reason can't get anything right
I'm the one who feels unwanted and hated by a lot
I'm the one who takes the blame when someone else gets caught
I'm the one who feels like me life can't continue the way it should
I'm the one who let Vicki leave, and she'd die because I would
I'm the one who can be successful but won't execute what I know
I'm the one who writes these down; I have nowhere else to go
I'm the one who can't say this to my family's face
I'm the one who's walking at a different pace
I'm the one who runs away when something in life goes wrong
I'm the one who's been hurting inside for almost way too long
I'm the one who can't put into words the way I really feel
I'm the one who doesn't believe good things are really real
I'm the one who attacks myself when I go down the wrong road
I'm the one who has been carrying on my shoulders a big heavy load
I'm the one who has tried to change but can't do it on my own
I'm the one who is so sorry, so I wrote this poem


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  • Nathan by Nathan
  • 6 years ago

I have found out over the years that if you can't live for yourself, then live for others.

  • LeSandra Hunting by LeSandra Hunting
  • 6 years ago

This poem was so touching. I want to say that I know what you are going through, but I can't. I have my own problems that I feel guilty about and wish I could escape them. But I can tell you that out there, there is someone who wishes you could confide in them so that they may help. You are not alone!

  • Lagrenouille by Lagrenouille, USA
  • 11 years ago

I lost two very important people in my life, I lost a grandfather in high school who was a mentor to me, and the year after I graduated I lost a grandmother to cancer, don't think for a minute that people misunderstand how you feel, the number of people is impressively saddening, but what happened, honestly isn't your fault, all you can do is live your life to the best of your abilities, and be the best person you possibly can.

  • Katlynn by Katlynn, Sodus
  • 12 years ago

Thank you for sharing. Very beautiful...and don't worry, I've lost people that mean the world to me. But I always look up at the future ahead, and try to move on. Good luck, Rachael.

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