Prize Poetry

Dear Brother

by a young woman, age 15

I just thought you should know what I'm doing now.
I am a very sad and lonely person
who spends a lot of time online
because I don't have anything better to do or anyone to talk to.

I just thought you should know how I'm feeling.  
I am depressed
because you have put me down nearly my entire life, always criticizing me.
I just thought you should know what I've been through.

Since the last time I saw the real you, I have suffered so much.  
The time that you claimed I was arrogant and stupid was especially damaging to me.
 I just thought you should know what I wish for the future.

I hope that you can grow up and be a better person instead of bringing me down.
I just thought you should know what I won't miss about you.
I am glad I won't have to worry about your constant reminding me of my imperfections.
 
I just thought you should know what I miss a lot.
I miss the way we used to get along and laugh and smile as children.
 
I just thought you should know that I miss the old you,
and I hope that person reappears while you're away.

[Author statement: "I absolutely love writing. It gives me a place to vent, share my feelings, figure out some of the things going on in my head. Creative outlets are so much better than hurting yourself or others, and it is so important for everyone to have access to these outlets.”]
 

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