Forgiven

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.

Broken

In every story, there`s a start and a finish

But in life, you’re only guaranteed for an ending

Some live as babies, some die before birth

Some live long enough to realize the hurt

As you start to impress, it seems to amaze

Life is like tryna to find your way through a maze

Once you get older, you can start to sense adversity, I can picture a loss and how much it’s hurting me

When you become a teen you are now held responsible, for your future, and all things possible

You have to implement, all the things you are taught, they help you transition, to become an adult

You may have kids that depend on you to take care of them, and follow through

But if you don’t, what does that leave, a broken home, deprived of needs

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

closer

I’m closer to myself than anybody else

I tried to get my help to memorize all the cards I had dealt.

Tears in my eyes to remember all the pain I had felt

I’m all by myself. I just won’t go insane

People say drugs is the way to ease all the pain

Life is for living and your feelings is to share

I’m up all night and I know that nobody really care

Locked up in a place that tries to break you and make you fail

The only person that’s really with me is me

I’m tired of people keep saying what I’m gone be

I just get closer to myself day by day

I’m so strong minded what can a lot of people say

I’m closer to myself than I ever was

I did everything I was supposed to do to be loved

I pull myself together to see through whatever

I hope one day in my future that my life will be much better

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

The Way I’ve Been

My mind is full of fear.

My eyes too dry to shed a tear.

Broken by the hands of a man.

If I can’t fix myself, no one can.

I long for love from someone dear.

But all I get is laughter from a peer.

Myself is ruined, I have no hope.

So I turned to something that we call dope.

Heart racing, mind blank.

My self-esteem slowly sank.

Stuck inside a locked door.

Anxiety eating away at my core.

I ran far from the pain.

By injecting poison in my vein.

My mom cries every night.

And dad can’t be dad without a fight.

Locked away, nowhere to go.

Now I reap what I sow.

I swear I’m done with the way I’ve acted.

So I’m changing my ways without being distracted.

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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I’m trapped in a room

Where I can touch both sides of the walls

Not a lot of color

Everything’s pretty much dull

My soul is like a boat

And I’m feeling it start to sink

Because my family is a chain

And I’m the missing link

I stay awoke at night

Thinking about where I went wrong

Putting my mom through stress

Wondering if I’m coming home

I lost my dad at 14

And I haven’t been the same

I was always looking for weed

To try to ease the pain

But when I get out

I’m determined to make a change

And if you not changing with me

I prefer yall to jump off my train

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

Wait for Me to Come Home

Dear mom,

I’m sorry for hurting you,

So much pain within,

I feel guilt,

For all of my sins.

Dear sister,

Please remember good times,

Between you and I,

Perfect memories of us,

Fun and stuff.

Dear brother,

Stay strong little man,

I’ll be home soon,

Be the man of the house,

I love you.

Dear me,

Time to change,

I’m a new man,

I pledge my oath,

For which it stands.

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