Self Injury Does Not Define Me.I am a Self-Injurer,Self Injury Does Not Define Me.2 years ago in Free Verse
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I may cut,
I may burn,
I may pull my hair out,
I may 'chicken scratch',
I may hit myself,
I may bite or punch myself,
Or I may hurt myself in some other way.
But you have to understand,
I don't do it because I'm suicidal,
I don't do it to attention seek,
I don't do it to 'be emo',
I don't do it because I'm insane,
I don't do it because I'm overreacting,
Or because I'm 'just being a teenager',
You have to understand most stereotypical ideas about self injury are wrong.
I self injure for many reasons;
To cope with unpleasant feelings,
To cope with unpleasant thoughts or memories,
To calm down,
To actually feel something,
To bring myself back to reality,
To stop myself from doing something worse,
To stay alive,
To quench the need to self injure,
Or maybe for some other reason.
Self Injury is an addiction;
I can't 'just stop'.
But it does not make me a freak,
And it does not mean I should be locked up.
I may be a Self-Injurer,
But self injury does not define who I am.