Statistic

Image: Pixabay

Image: Pixabay

Editor’s Note: The following poetry was written by 15-year-old Grace Cohen from the United States.

I was told:
Don’t become a statistic
But sometimes you can’t help it
The empty feeling of not feeling at all
Thinking that something’s wrong
You hear words in the hallways
Bad words
And words that make you cry
But it’s just so normal to hear and say these words
And the empty feeling grows until you feel a new thing
You want to die
And it doesn’t seem that bad if you did
Mom said it is just a phase
That everyone doubts it
But she didn’t
Dad says kids just get confused
But I’m not as confused as they are
I was told:
Don’t become a statistic
But suddenly becoming a statistic sounds nice
A way to remember you by
Your friend says it’s wrong, but he’ll support you
You’re told it’s ok as long as you don’t act on it
It’s wrong in the eyes of their God
But under your own
You see nothing wrong with it
The want to die grows until you feel a new thing
Strength
Friends
Support
You’ll grow a layer of armor
And fight against the words and the stares
I was told:
Don’t become a statistic
But I’ll be a different type of statistic
I’ll be the good one that helps to change the world