The Whole World Is Watching
Portrait photography by Jennifer Waddell.

I’m depressed, I’m Alone, I feel like my life isn’t my own.
This society is boosting my Anxiety telling me I am not good enough.
As I gaze into the mirror saying I’m beautiful, these voices inside my head
throw me down.
These late night thoughts as I watch the bath fill up
Sun continues to rise as I lay on the corner of my bed with a pillow
between my tight arms as if it was Him, Yes HIM the one who used to
be my Everything and then would be something but He happened
to be nothing. I’m in Pain!
As I feel my wrists are attached to these chains.
I call out for help but when I tell them what’s going on they think I’m Insane.
I’m just so drained.
I feel like I’m being attacked, I’m trapped by these chains that some call fake.
I thought I was healing… but no, as I look around these chains tighten.
I’m broken it’s becoming worse it’s all happening on the inside.
I’ve been reaching out to you but I guess you’re just not there.
Just know that in order to stay alive I must become one with my mind.
I’m glad that I pushed all of your Negativity to the side.
I guess I have to get used to keeping you out of my mind and train in order to have GOOD VIBES.

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The Whole World Is Watching

"The Whole World Is Watching throbs with urgency and intelligence, offering a window into the lives, minds, hearts of this city's young poets." —Nina MacLaughlin, The Boston Globe. 826 Boston's first poetry anthology brings together the work of 8th-12th graders in the Writers' Room programs at the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, the Jeremiah E. Burke High School, the Boston Teachers Union K-8 School, Boston International Newcomers Academy, and the Rafael Hernández K-8 School. Foreword by Porsha Olayiwola, Boston Poet Laureate.

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