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You asked me to stop cutting.
Don’t you understand?
Talking doesn’t help.
Yeah, I show up to school with cuts and scars.
But you must, you have to, understand why,
I do what I do.

It’s not some fad.
I’m not looking for attention.
I’m not doing it because everyone else is.
Nor am I doing it because I think it’s cool.
I do it because I don’t know how.
How to stop the pain...
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Honeybear1253 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So relatable
MrTyjo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so true
KillTheAsher Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn i know how this feels...
subdivision2112 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've done it, I understand. But when things get better and you look back, it really wasn't worth it. It's not healing, it's a distraction. One that causes scars on your heart as well as on the hearts of those who care about you. I understand it perfectly fine, as I've been there. Now I know that those selfish acts I did when I did that only caused more pain and hurt the one I love, which is a pain that hurts more than any other. So really, there are other ways to find relief. You just need to be willing to look and find it.
livilynn1998 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
this is totally how i feel all the time! people just dont understand unless they do it themsleves.
TheAwesomeHotDog Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
those people who cut themselves are dumb, Just exercise! It release stress hormones.
TheArtOfCats Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student General Artist
I wish people would undderstand why, you know? I hate it when people make huge deal out of it. (you didnt but my ffriends did when they found out).
Toa-Shifter Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013   General Artist
This...this is me...I'm not proud of it,but it is who I am.
BrokenSou1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
exactly how i feel...
5ninjasonastickynote Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Eh. Sometimes I wish the rest of the cutters in the world didn't understand why I went through because it's terrible....
JaneMarie94 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I wish the world could understand this.
Sure some people are idiots and they do it for attention, but some of us actually have a legitimate reason.
7Ninja7Shadow7Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This fits me perfectly. I was wonder my friend had texted me a question about some of my scars and I can't delete my texts messages. My parents read them and I don't want them to read the texts messages and finding out that way. Do I just tell them or leave it be and let them find out throught my messages?
Freak-With-Issues Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't understand why you can't delete your messages, but I'd suggest telling them. (This is if you're parents haven't read them by now.) Talking to your parents about cutting can be f*cking terrifying, but it needs to be done at some point so it's better for you to tell them than for them to find out on their own.
I've had to do it and while I was shaking, a nervous wreck, and feeling sick to my stomach, my mom was pretty good about the whole thing.
7Ninja7Shadow7Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
They read the messages already and they know about it. My parents put me in consoling and stuff like that. I'm better now so yeah. Thanks anyway.
Freak-With-Issues Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm happy to hear you're better and I wish you the best of luck with staying clean!
7Ninja7Shadow7Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah. So far yes I have bc I have a want to keep someone I love (not my parents but someone else) he said that if I didn't try to get better he would leave, so I am trying my hardest bc of him. XD
Freak-With-Issues Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student General Artist
It's always good to have a strong motivation to quit, that always makes things easier (for me at least.) Best of luck in quitting and also for you and him!
7Ninja7Shadow7Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for your help again!
rainbowcheerio Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love it, so true.
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river-of-illusion Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Nice poem. I totally get it. Also, how did you post it without writing something in the description? Every time I do that deviantart yells at me.
kunavah Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
I can relate to this a lot...

Very beautifully written. Good job.
TokioHotelRock13 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very true
Lil-Nash Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
So true
tastytictac Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Wow. You just expressed those words that have been flying through my mind. Thank you so much.
gracebabe Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
i love it and that is a great reason
xSpiffyAngiex Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
This is amazing. I can really relate to it.
crybaby2 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011   Traditional Artist
i love it one of my favorites :D
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KPs-Catipillar Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011   Writer
I know this feeling so much. I hate that it seems the only escape. Sometimes talking just doesn't help, sadly.
rockstar82 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student Photographer
this is totally me. i can really relate to this entire poem.
i am in love with this poem since a lot of people told me to stop cutting and got sent to the counselor when i told my spanish teacher i'm depressed and that i cut. even if she's a counselor, she doesn't understand. it's not easy to stop cutting.
GetThatGirlAMoodRing Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
That made me almost cry, I'm not kidding. I know it seems like a crazy thing to say, but i've been through that, and that's exactly how i felt.
Mirrorhanyou Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
I can understand this.
Crystalxchaos Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Student General Artist
the second part is exactly wut my mom told me when i she found out i cut. she said it was just cause its popular. and she wouldnt listen to wat i had to say..
mangachick98 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Student Artist
horcruxhorror Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
i can totally relate to this. people assume your just looking for attention, even if you have never been needy for attention at all. Because of stereotypes, being labeled emo nobody takes me seriously. They think you can just stop and all will be okay. I was 3 weeks clean, then I slipped up yesterday and cut myself six times
magic-s74 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
My friend use to cut but I told her to stop. She didn't. Once she learned that me and her other friend got so stressed, we began to cut too. She got scared that we would fall into her steps - the hospital or somewhere else. So she quit and told us not to worry. Sometimes words help, but honestly when you know your friends follow in your footsteps, just sometimes it's a good motive. I've seen cases where a friend suicides and atleast three others follow behind their tracks. It's such a sad chain reaction...
Darkstarplague Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
I can really relate to this.
Simple, but amazingly written.
Jayswing Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
-sigh- This is exactly how I feel. Almost every one of my friend's keep telling me to stop, but I can't. :/ Wonderful work though.<3
KAKASAKUFAN67 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
Are you telepathic? Cause this is literally what's been on my mind lately...*is scared*
OHMYyourmistake Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009   Photographer
you took the words right out of my mouth.
good piece.
avrilfanforever Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Thank you
emoblackslasher Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
its so accurate of how i feel
its hard to an addiction....
HeatherRadical Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008   Writer
this is so accurate and true =]
queenofthefaries Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008   Interface Designer
its so true. other people act like its easy to stop, but its like an addiction u just cant help it, i felt the exact same way. but i got help and only relapsed once in the past 2 years.
BrightEyes132 Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
i like this alot. very powerful
aimfis Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
yea, it really is hard to stop. its like a release and no one understands unless they do it. but people who dont, dont know how good and scary it feels.
Akatsuki-Girl1314 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
this is EXACTLY how i feel. i have so many friends telling me to stop. but in a way, its like an addiction, u just cant stop :(
athraxio Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
I know how you feel. I used to cut, but I haven't in a while. And my friend pretty much keeps calling me an idiot for it, but she doesn't understand. You did a great job here of expressing why it happens...just be careful and don't hurt yourself too bad. :hug:
avrilfanforever Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
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