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February 26, 2018
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These words I keep inside, never to be said,
Lay on my heart like the gravestone above your head,
Inscribed only with the name so many never bothered to learn,
This death sentence you gave yourself was the furthest thing from earned,
Your life becomes so easily forgotten, just like many before,
Students are forced to continue on, and time never mourns,
If only I could read the story you carved into your arms,
If only I could understand what led to your self-harm,
If only I saw the monster that replaced yourself in the mirror,
I could’ve tried to make the real you stand out a little clearer,
But in truth, I don’t know how to save a life,
And I doubt I could’ve convinced you to put down the knife,
In turn I don’t know if it was worse being surprised,
Or how badly it would’ve hurt listening to your tortured cries,
All I know is I miss you, more than anyone,
And I wish I could’ve showed you, sober life can be fun,
But I didn’t, and there’s no way of getting you back,
It’s the hardest thing to accept, it’s like swallowing a tack,
But I have to move on now, I don’t have a choice,
I’ll find comfort in remembering your smile and your voice,
For now, I’ll have to hope that your happier, wherever you are,
And pray that life is brighter, closer to the stars.

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Liv.HarrisThis 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 8:29 pm
As someone who was dealt with, and thankfully survived, four years of self-harm and suicidal ideation, I feel this resonating deeply inside of my heart. I wish your departed loved one could have heard this, it is extremely touching and meaningful. Thank you so much for writing this, it is more important to me than I care to admit. Keep writing, and press on.
Perfect_Words said...
Mar. 1 at 9:28 pm
I like your poem. It's very interesting. Some feedback is your off-rhymes. Like surprised and cries, but too many of them doesn't make it sound right. Be careful with how many you use and keep up the good poems!
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