As I stare,

Into the metal sheet,

I recognize myself,

I don’t like what I see.

I remember myself,

Memories of the past,

A tear slips,

My heart shatters like glass.

My mother cries,

Each of her tears stab at me,

I tell her I’m sorry,

And please forgive me.

I sit alone in the dark,

Tears fall and I’m lost in thought,

I smile and look up,

As my door slams shut.

The previous poem was among the finalists in the Words Unlocked Poetry Contest sponsored by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings.


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