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Dear Friend

I know you, dear friend.
You walk through the hallways with your head down,
and sit in the back of the class and don't make a sound,
because you don't want to be thought of as a clown.
 
Dear friend, I know what most people don't know about you.
You go home at night and cry when no one is there
because you have convinced yourself that nobody cares,
so you keep quiet when they ask you to share.
 
I know, dear friend,
why you are so terribly thin.
You don't like living inside your own skin
and you believe that eating is a sin.
 
My dearest friend, I get it, I know.
You wear long sleeves that cover your arms
so that nobody can look at you and see your scars
that you yourself caused while you felt trapped behind bars.
 
Dear friend, I know how it feels.
You want to end this life
this one filled with strife.
You hate feeling like a lowlife.
 
Dear friend, I know.
You smile around your friends and family
because you don't want to show them the pain that is deep,
and because you love them, all your secrets you will keep.
 
I want to tell you something, my dear friend:
you may feel like nobody loves you
and nobody knows you - they don't have a clue,
but I want to tell you something, dearest friend: I do.
 
I know you, dear friend,
because I was you.
I truly wanted to die too,
but I managed to soldier through.
 
Dear friend, I know you,
and though you might think it's not true,
I care about you,
and I love you.
 
Dear friend, I get it, I know
How hard it is to find good friends
but I have some that will stick with me till the end.
With them, I won't break, even though I might bend.
 
Dear friend, trust me, I know
I've been in your place before,
but life is filled with open doors, 
and I know you'll find yours.
 
Please know, dear friend,
I believe in you,
you can find some more friends to help you too,
but until then, dear friend, just know, I'm always here for you.




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devils_advocateThis 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...
today at 10:02 am
Literally this is me. I'm so happy sometimes, but others I just want to crawl up in a hole and die for no apparent reason. I actually spent my entire Sunday just sobbing on the floor with a chair right next to me. Thank you so much for writing this poem. It touched my heart in ways that I could never understand. People like you and me... we are the people that make things actually work. You are amazing. Never give up writing. You have a future as an advocate for teens like ourselves. Stay with ... (more »)
 
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