Teen Poetry Collections

I Miss the Way We Occasionally Got Along 

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 2006-07 school year!

Sample Poems
You Hurt Me
Next Wednesday, 7:30 in the Morning
Dear Grandma
My Emotions
What If Mothers and Fathers
Master Duelist
Images of My Life
Love Me
What If?
What Makes Me Happy
Can You Imagine

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