Teen Poetry Collections

Over and Over Again

by a young woman, age 15

When I have a compulsion
I do it over and over again
It makes me feel angry and sad
Over and over again
Because I can’t stop doing it
Over and over again
It usually gets worse when I’m anxious
Over and over again
I wash my hands a lot
Over and over again
It seems to hurt my body and hurt me inside, too
Over and over again
When I’m anxious I might pick at my skin or shake my leg
Over and over again
I cry because I’m here, and sometimes I wish I wasn’t alive
Over and over again