This I Believe

Emily - Ridgewood, New Jersey
Entered on January 28, 2008
Age Group: Under 18


You should never stay in one place too long.

You may grow too large for it.

You may know more then was intended to know.

It will become too much a part of you.

It is then that you must work up your courage

And leave this comfort place. End up somewhere new.

I firmly believe everyone should practice forgiveness.

It is more than a statement.

You can say you have forgiven.

But it is much more.

Forgiveness is a process.

It may take your mind to go through a fast

And your body to go through a raw nudeness of emotions

Your body will have to smother itself with warm clothes

While you lay alone in a tent in the icy woods

With nothing around you except your shames

It may take all of that just to understand

To know what it feels like to carry the burdens

Like a rock plunging into you and weighing down your body

Scraping you slowly into the earth

Then, you can accept what has happened

But do not try to change it.


Using your greatest gifts that I know you possess

You just may not want to believe them

They could be your smile.

Your beautiful shining smile that is

Like a force that carries people to you

They could be your self-righteousness

The fire inside of you that you may be scared to unleash

They could be as simple and silly as your inner dork

But take these gifts, and put them

In place of the shame.

You have the power to throw the rock.

I believe your past, your struggles, they

Make you stronger and the person you can be

I believe you should write down your dreams.

Remember what twisty tours your mind goes on

I believe you should write a letter to yourself, or

Your old self

I believe you should read and read more

Until you can find part of yourself

In something you read.

And then keep reading.

Really, I believe in screaming for help,

If you can not ask for it

That is better then harming yourself.

Creating a cycle of fire that is fierce, but comfortable

And hard to let go of, but hated at the same time

Never trap yourself in that cycle

Like the wars I will never fight

And the silhouettes I will never hide or hate