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Foster youth finds solace 'behind closed doors'

Poetry: Sometimes you just want to hide from the noise of a fight.
If Only

If Only Credit: Robin Lindley

Editor's Note: As part of our Kids@Risk series, we occasionally publish prose and poetry from at-risk youth. The poem below was created in the Pongo Teen Writing program, a volunteer nonproft that uses writing to help young people heal.
 
IF ONLY
by a young man, age 17, in foster care
 
Behind closed doors
things go on – like fighting
My parents are fighting
They’re arguing about nothing
But it has to be something
I tend to run and hide
to lose the noise
Under the bed with my brothers and sisters
we would hide
 
Behind closed doors
We would play under the bed
with our toy army men and a flashlight
me and my little brother
 
After the fight
 
Behind closed doors
it was calm – no more noise
Me and my brother would sit down and play toys
My parents would come out
We would come out from under the bed
We would run up to my mom
hug her, and ask if she is OK
 
If only behind closed doors
Everything will be OK
 

If Only was created in the Pongo Teen Writing program, a volunteer nonproft that works with young people in jail, on the streets or in some other way leading difficult lives to express themselves through writing.

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