Teen Poetry Collections

Two Different Lives of Pain

by a young woman, age 16

There’s just something you will never understand. Like what it feels like to be on heroin and meth, thinking everything will be ok if you get addicted because others are around you and you feel like nobody cares about you any way until you die. There’s just things you will never understand. Like when you feel the need to sell yourself for one hundred dollars because you can get a gram of heroin for forty and still be ok for the night moneywise. There’s just things you will never understand. Like worrying where you’re going to lay your head at night or who’s walking behind you because people are out to hurt you. There’s just things you will never understand. Like feeling your own mother wants you in jail. But you know it’s only to save you, give you time to talk to God, and find yourself again. There’s just things you will never understand. Like feeling held hostage to something that feels so good but will kill you in the long run. There’s just things you will never understand. You can live two different lives with two different names like Superman. But instead of saving Lois Lane you need to save yourself.