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I scratch,
White marks appear.
As they turn red,
Out pours all my anger.

I smash,
My head against walls.
Pain soars through my body,
Releasing all my mental pain.

I burn,
Red marks on my skin.
They bring freedom,
Setting me free from the fires of hell.

Hurting no one but myself.
Finding mental freedom from physical pain.
Red, white, purple, blue.
Anger, rejection, upset, pain.

People say it's wrong,
They look down their noses.
Only making things worse,
Friends leave, strangers frown.

I can't cope with my mental pain,
But i've never inflicted pain on YOU.
The title says it all really. A new light on self harm for those who don't understand
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kayateya Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
It does inflict pain on people who care. Even if you dont acknowledge their care or feelings for you. 
It kinda makes them feel helpless, because with self-harm, the only real thing that can save you, is you. And they dont know how to help you, even if they want to.

From a person with numerous self-harm friends...
lisapizza1 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
This poem is as though you are reading my mind.
shadowbrightscales Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
when that happens my mom goes on and on about how much I hurt HER.......
creepyspyro Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i under stand this well.....because i cut to........
Karategirl2012 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Think about what the starving children in Africa, China and India who have gone through so many hardships would just think of this.  Sorry, no offense to anyone.
Hoten5 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thinking about starving children does not make me feel any better... it just makes me feel worse and pathetic for not being strong enough to handle things. when people say things like that or "suck it up, it could be worse", i dont see how that could help anyone feel better... no offense to you either. just my view on things.
Karategirl2012 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist offense but that's a fact and if you feel worse then it's not my problem (again, no offense)
I tried to make people realise facts.  If you feel bad, how bad do you think the children who are starving feel?

Hoten5 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lol yeah, when i saw this gif i couldnt stop laughing XD

but yeah i guess thats a fact but still, you know... thinking about how badly others feel would just make you feel worse, right? i dont see how its comforting/helpful in any way
Orec12 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very honest message.
LilacTheWolf Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I scratch 
littlelyinglion Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i love this
notsoslimjim Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
i cant describe how much i love this poem. people just don't understand self harm.
Filasis-Nome Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
so true...
Malindafan2 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
-sigh- im like that.... <_>
Bloodyangel0510 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i dont know what to say its so true and lovely............great job.
xXNotLostXx Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Writer
I love this. Great work
EJadeG Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Writer
I actually really like this because unlike most other poems about self harm, you mentioned things other than cutting. Some people don't understand then self-harm isn't just cutting yourself. Self-harm is anything that is you hurting yourself on purpose. Like the "smash my head against the walls" line. Sorry for the rant, it just makes me happy to see someone show every side of self-harming.
Bloodyangel0510 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i agree with you completely.
TokineAnn Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student Artist
I agree too, you don't have to you knives to cause self harm. Like you said, there's banging heads against a wall, and there's also using other sharp-like materials to cut yourself, like pencils, metal hair clips, razors, etc. Sorry I'm ranting too.Sweating a little... 
GeorgiaBellex Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
I know what you mean, seriously. Stay strong!
PoisonedCuts Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
love this !! !<3 i understand this 300% and its soo true x here if u ever need to talk x
p.s i also SH x
savagebyname Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
the last two stanza's are brilliant.. Just what is happening to me..... the whole poem is beautiful... it is a shame that they do not see it in this way... they are so ignorant.......
tcbored Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
ThatOneArtistGirl Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student General Artist
hungrylittledemon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
this is so powerful it actually made me cry. i love this
xJustABlightx Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
ppl dnt understand this till its too late...I wont ever encourage anyone to hurt themselves - but i dnt think i could stop...
PoisonedCuts Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
i know what you mean :/ i feel the same way... stay safe x
xJustABlightx Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Yeah thanks :) stay safe too it can get pretty bad but its always good to have people to fall back on for support :)
TwiFanClub Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
you inflict pain on others by hurting yourself: be open minded about it.

i used to think that way too till i realized i was hurting everyone around me.
enewport Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What if they have no idea? Does it still 'hurt them'?
lostlovexoxo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
<3 stay storng i know how bad it can get
AmbriaLynne Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Isn't it kinda.. like.. bad?
to like.. hurt yourself?
EmoGodessOfPoptarts Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I wouldn't recamend it but just know the ppl aren't bad.
lonepaws Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student General Artist
I understand, I tried it, it made things worse for a friend does it...I'm trying my best to help her....
Bigbelliedkitty Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh my god... I'm crying...Thank you so much! Stuff like this means alot when people understand. It's not for attention. Its for release...
ellafleur Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
great poem
xdarkxgothicxangelx Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
i love thiis,x
emilylautner Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Thats amazinng...
twisted-teddy-bear Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
i loved the last few lines
JediMonkeySpock Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
i can totally relate. great job expessing so many feelings at once.

the pen is mightier than the sword, but scissors beat paper
bassqueen86 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
I wish I could say the last paragraph to everyone who bring me down for self harming. Great poem - very relatable.
amaris11388 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job on catching the feelings that are involved in self harm that can be hard to explain
kirstyyl Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
i can really relate to that, it's well written.
Bladebu1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
just one of the things in our live we can control
Esme-Silver Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
very true, especially the last stanza... people always act like I'm such a menace and i'm like 'well it doesn't have to affect you!!!' anyway i can really relate to this -_^ nice work ^_^
clementinev Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
daszab Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
what i like so much about this piece is that it didn't even MENTION cutting! of course, cutting is a very serious issue and is definitely a big part of self-harm, but it's nice that someone can see other parts of self-harm, as well, and acknowledge them
MexicanPrincess Featured By Owner May 5, 2006   Writer
Thanks Blazor.. it can be sad that people think like that bleedlikeme but i can think of worse things to be thinking...
Blazor-rade Featured By Owner May 1, 2006   Writer
I can relate very well. Nice work.
bleedlikeme623 Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
it makes me sad that people think like that
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