Teen Poetry Collections

Why Is It Hard to Leave a Violent Situation?

by Sunshine (age 15)

Because it was my instant reaction
to go beat
or go help beat
when this someone was either disrespecting
me or my home and need to get checked
or I'd have to prove myself to my other homies
and show them that I wasn't a punk
and peer pressure is a b___h
and I felt nervous, scared, and angry
and it feels weird when I'm scared
my stomach gets tight
and starts to hurt
and also because sometimes you have no choice
especially when it's in your house all your life
and you're too young to leave or avoid
these situations,
when it's people close to you
who are violent.