Listen

Stop.
Just stop.
Listen.
Do you hear it?
Do you hear the screams of the innocent?
Do you hear the pleas of the oppressed?
Do you hear the cries for help?

Every 14 minutes in America, there is a suicide
A loss of precious life
Because the stress, the pain, was too much.

200 million people in the world will turn to drugs
Some for the fun of it
But so many more to try to escape
From the chaos
From the hurt
From the pressure.

Anorexia, Bulimia
The pressure to fulfill expectations is so high
Too high
The worry that we aren’t good enough
That we aren’t pretty enough
That we are unimportant, insignificant…

We crumble under scrutiny
Paste a smile on for the world

You want to scream
To rip your hair out
Cry your eyes out
Let it out

But you can’t.
You can’t let people see your weakness
Can’t let them know
Or they’ll judge.

Stop.

Listen.

You’re not alone.
All we need is each other.

What others think doesn’t matter.
Be proud of yourself

Forget what others want
Forget it

Don’t live to please them
Live for yourself
No one is more precious than you
Don’t go.

I offer peace if you’ll listen…
Listen.





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InkWriter13 said...
Jun. 22, 2012 at 2:00 am
A powerful message of huge impact. Thanks for bringing up this issue to the world of teens out there listening. They need to hear it. We all do. Thanks for giving a voice to this central issue in many lives across the world. I like the decisive, bold, brave, determined voice you have as a writer. It is effective and powerful. Never let it fall silent! :) Would you please comment on my poems titled Onward and Upward and I am the Mother of War?
 
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