Summer Of Long Sleeves

Why did i do this to myself
I knew it wasn’t the answer
It didn’t even help
I shut my emotions out for so long
I wanted to know i can feel again

It was the summer of long sleeves
It wasn’t out of the ordinary
Hoodies were my thing
I couldn’t wear short sleeves
The stares were just too unbearable

After awhile I became numb
It didn’t hurt, it never did
They soon became my battle scars
Showing the darkness i fought with

I wasn’t proud of them
But, I wasn’t ashamed
They made me stronger
And more of a fighter

I’ve been to hell and back
My scars show for it
So I choose to keep going
Because, its apart of my story

And it is not over YET

--Ariana B., 7th-8th Grade