Teen Poetry Collections

I Looked at the Butterflies on the Ceiling 

These sample poems were written by teenagers at Child Study and Treatment Center (CSTC), the only state-run residential psychiatric hospital for children in Washington State. A team of Pongo writing mentors worked with the youth within the center’s school program at Firwood Secondary School (Clover Park School District).

During Pongo's projects at CSTC, the young people express themselves on a variety of themes, including abuse, the importance of family, confusion in life, cutting, imaginary worlds, suicidal feelings, and hope; and every year the teens share their writing in a powerful, wonderful poetry finale in front of other teens and staff.

These poems are great. And they are just some of the great poems created in Pongo's writing project at CSTC in the 2007-08 school year!

Sample Poems
Family
My Memory Poem
My Life Is Like a PS2
If Only You Knew
What I Think About My Favorite Staff
Life on Ketron Cottage
My Sumo Cat
Cancer Is
Baby Blues
Not Titled Because
Why Me?
Mom, The Story
Living on the Streets
My Mom
Going to the Dentist
Why I'm Short and Not Tall
Conversation with My Eating Disorder
Life Like a Cat

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