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Higher Than Before

I take my relentless beating in a no longer sacred place.
They spit on my immobile body, on my unrecognizable face.
Sweat drools down my temple. Nothing but my own blood is all I taste.
I have no fight left in me, as it is with every challenge I’ve faced.
I dodged all I could manage, until I was shoved straight down to the floor.
I fear that I would not have made it if I had to have endured even more.
So much time was wasted; beating someone that was half their size.
That could’ve been the end of me, with no time for empty goodbyes.
It does give you some perspective though, being beaten to the ground.
That you’ll never see the upsides if you’re always looking down.
But once you get down that low, stop for a moment and raise your eyes
You might just see some kind of hero, even a miracle, to help you begin to rise...
...higher than before



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TubaLadyThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm:
Verbally. Which I think is worse than physically because cuts and bruises heal, but words haunt your mind forever. Wounds like that... never heal
 
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eliana924This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm:
It's horrible that you were bullied, and for so long, too! It's very inspiring how you overcame the trauma of it and used writing.
 
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TubaLadyThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 8:09 am:
Me, too. And I'm still bullied. ;( It's really good, too.
 
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Nov. 22, 2011 at 10:12 am :
:( I'm so sorry to hear that.  Physically or verbally?
 
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