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  • Writer's pictureLisa Dixon-Wells

Poem From a 16 Year Old Student: Overcoming adversity

Updated: Mar 13

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Everything - A Poem from a 16 Year Old Student: Overcoming Adversity

I remember the days,  The good old days  When we spent hours in the sun  And I could tell you everything.  You loved me for me and I trusted you.  I remember the laughter  And the countless times you turned my frown into a smile.  And I knew exactly what to say  When you were so sad you couldn’t get out of bed.  My heart sank for you  And if I could have borne your pain,  You know I would have.

But then one day,  When I could not get out of bed,  And I needed you to do what I had done for you  So many times,  You turned your back on me and left  Without explanation.  Instead of easing my pain like I hoped you would,  You added to it.  I was hurting and you knew.  Yet somehow  You hurt me more.

But I got up every day after you left,  And I did it by myself.  I figured out how to love me,  And how to finally do things for me,  And for the people who deserve my energy. You didn’t.

Not in the end.  I did everything for you,  But now I’m doing everything for me,  And for the ones who didn’t leave  When I was at my worst.

So I remember the days,  The good old days,  When I loved you more than I loved myself.  I will remember the joy,  The memories, the things we used to laugh about.  But I will never be able to forget  The pain you caused.  And now when I pass you by,  I will be living my life.

Knowing now that I am better off without you,  And that I deserve more. Because even though I lost you,  I found me,  And that is everything.

Megan L. - Age 16

A poem about overcoming adversity

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