Teen Poetry Collections


by a young man in juvenile detention, age 16

Hurt is a painful thing
an emotion which comes about
after events happen in your life
As I remember, I’ve had hurt
ever since I was about six years old
I felt the hurt from my mom
when my father would actually hurt her
I felt the hurt when my sisters
got assaulted in multiple ways by my dad
I felt the hurtful pain when
drugs took my spot in my father’s heart
I felt the hurt when my dad left
for years upon years
Hurt is a thing we all feel
It makes you feel emerged with hate
and thoughts that you wouldn’t imagine
Hurt is a thing – a feeling – that
made me who I am today
and its hurt
I want to thank.