STOP Teen Suicide Poem

Facing Your Fears

I wrote this poem in a time of extreme frustration. It seemed as though I couldn't do anything right even if it was hurting myself. It might be hard to recognize at first, but this poem is really about suicide. It's about how I wanted to do it but something held me back. It's both intriguing and terrifying at the same time.

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The Barrel

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Published: December 2017

You were my second and final plan.
Your bittersweet ending
Gave me hope
In some sort of strange way.
You mesmerized me with the unknown
And spoke of endless possibilities,
But something about you
Made me feel uneasy and nervous,
Like you were almost too good
To be true... you know?
Like in a movie
When you think the ending
Is so obvious
But then it arrives
And it's not what you thought it would be.
Maybe that's just life itself.
Maybe nothing is for certain
Or maybe we have the control.
After all, it's our lives.
It could just be me,
But I believe
That if you stare motionless
Down the barrel of a gun
Long enough
Soon you will see yourself
Through that tiny hole
In which you rely. 
Every part of you is
Standing still,
Shameful
Of what you want
But not brave enough
To do it.

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Katie, I read one of your poems and liked it so much that I had to read them all. You are an amazing poet, and your scores really don't reflect how exceptional you are. This poem is just wonderful, sad, but so well written with a message that is so very true. Keep writing because you will only get better and you are already a pro.

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