Prize Poetry

I Just Thought You Should Know

by a young woman, age 14

Dear Birth-Mom,

I just thought you should know what I'm doing now. I am an angry person who spends a lot of time with my sister.

I just thought you should know how I'm feeling. I am depressed because you are taking my sister away when I need her most, and you gave me up for drugs. I feel so alone and depressed. I just want other people to think I am OK.

I just thought you should know what I've been through. Since the last time I saw you, I have suffered so much. The time that I got food and taken cared of was especially important to me.

I just thought you should know what I wish for the future. I hope that you stop doing drugs.

I just thought you should know what I don't miss about you. I am glad I don't have to worry about Birth-dad, and he’s away from you cause you ticked him off. That’s why he drink all the time.

I just thought you should know what I miss a lot. I miss the way we used to not hear from each other.

I just thought you should know that.


[Author Statement: "What writing means to me... Whenever I write my feelings down about my past it feels great to let it all out. If I couldn't write about the things that have happened to me, I would have to hold it in and it would be harder for my life. I like being able to tell my story and let others know that I am OK, even though bad things have happened to me. I wish my birth mom could know how angry I am. Maybe someday I will tell her in a story."]


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