Hurting Poem by Teens

Do Not Judge Someone Else

Coming from an abusive family, life's not always easy, but somehow I keep a smile on my face and laugh for all it's worth. I try to turn to pen and paper. Sometimes that wasn't enough, and I've turned to a blade instead. People judge you for that, and they tend to not look past scars. Maybe they should. This poem is exactly that.

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Just Because...


Published by Family Friend Poems July 2017 with permission of the Author.

Just because I have a smile on my face,
It doesn't mean that I don't cry when I'm alone.
Doesn't mean I don't have problems,
Doesn't mean I'm not dying inside.
All it means is that I can look past the negative in my life.

Just because I laugh a lot,
It doesn't mean I'm happy,
Doesn't mean my life is perfect.
You don't know me, you don't know my story,
You don't know what I've been through.

Just because I self-harm,
It doesn't mean I'm suicidal,
Doesn't mean I'm going to hack at my arm in the middle of class
Or attack you with a scalpel.
All it means is that the pain is getting too great.

Just because I have scars,
It doesn't give you the right to judge me,
Ostracize me like some sort of alien,
When instead you should be my friend.
Those scars mean that I'm real.
Look past them and see the real me.


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