9. ON TOUGH STUFF

From Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul

9
ON TOUGH
STUFF

What a child goes through is hard to explain
We’ve been through stress, anger, hurt, and pain
Adults know what a child goes through
Because you see, they’ve been through it, too.

What a child goes through is sometimes insane
Sometimes people offer us drugs like cocaine
And now and again on dark, scary nights
We hear sirens and gunshots because of gang
  fights.

Death takes family and friends
Divorce takes them, too
Oh, if you only knew
What a child goes through.

Shannon M. O’Bryant, eleven
and Ashley O’Bryant, thirteen

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