Teen Poetry Collections

Leaving Ketron Cottage

by a young man, age 13

It’s been a long time.
I will miss you guys a lot.
I will start working on my skills.
And I will get better.

I am sad that I am leaving.
And I will never forget you guys.
You have always been the light in my shadow
and lit me up.

When I first got here, I was a butthead.
I’ve really changed mentally.
I used to hit my Mom,
and this is the only facility
that I’ve learned anything.

All the other facilities,
they just threw me down on a bed
and gave me food
and they forgot I was there
and my mom had to call. 

But you guys lighten my smile
and you guys changed me a lot
and that helped me a lot. 

I was like a gorilla
who didn’t know when to stop eating bananas.
And now I am
like always full.


In six months, I will come back
and see how new everybody is
and be the best I could be
out in the community and not upset my mom. 

I am going to be on American Idol
and beat all the people and try my hardest.