I'd Never Say It

I can’t tell my teacher

A whole lot of shit

I think about it all day long and                I’d never say it


I can’t tell my teacher

his class makes me feel safe

or his lectures are powerful                      but

his words, full of  wisdom,

offer a warm embrace


I can’t tell my teacher

That I don’t want to go home

the environment there

is cold and toxic,                                 I feel so alone


I can’t tell my teacher

that he’s the first to believe

the first person to encourage

the first person who wants

to see me succeed


I can’t tell my teacher

the bruises aren’t really from falling

but from the hitting and kicking

my dad does when he is drunk and

I’m on the floor crying and crawling


I can’t tell my teacher

It’s because he acknowledged

I am smart and capable of great things

that I am going to college


I can’t tell my teacher

a whole lot of shit

but I’m going to do

something with my life

and I’m damn proud of it



Additional Resources

Get AI Feedback on your poem

Interested in feedback on your poem? Try our AI Feedback tool.


If You Need Support

If you ever need help or support, we trust CrisisTextline.org for people dealing with depression. Text HOME to 741741