Teen Poetry Collections

Changing My Life Around

by a young woman, age 16

My relationship with my family needs to change.
I want to be closer to them.
I want us all to be happy and understand each other.
But for me, with my family now,
I feel outside and unaccepted. 

My relationship with education needs to change.
I want knowledge from lots of places.
I want to be influenced by life beyond the streets.
But for me, with my education now,
I feel lost and unaccomplished. 

My relationship with my boyfriend needs to change.
I want my voice heard and my problems understood
Without feeling his aggression.
But for me, with my boyfriend now,
I feel like a possession, not a human being. 

My relationship with God needs to change.
I want him to take hold of my hand, let me know he’s there.
I want my heart filled with his spirit, so I know he cares.
But for me, with my God now,
I feel disconnected, like the devil took his place. 

How do you fix this?
I don’t know.
Struggles and pain will come and go in my life,
But I do know I have the power to change 
And move beyond any obstacle.