I Am Abused

By Akilia, age 14, Oklahoma

Poetry isn't something you do; it's something you feel. All of your emotions are put into not just the things around you. Writing like I do, I can understand when you let someone get the better of you, but don't, because it's never worth stressing over. Now here is something really big and new for anyone who likes my stuff.

I Am Abused

I feel like you see the bruises
I know you see my pain
I see you staring even though you pose as if you're not caring, but dare I say it again?
I am abused.

I worry that you hear my screams and know about my shattered dreams
I hope that you never see what happens behind closed doors
I understand if you don't wanna speak to me ever again, please remember ...
I am abused.

I wish that life would be way easier for us all
I want you to know that I am proud of who I am
I need you to understand how
I am abused.

I'm NOT abused physically, but mentally, abusing myself until I'm sick. Abusing myself until there is nothing left. I abuse myself because of what I am becoming. My brain is dead and so is the world to me. Cold heart, broken bones, shattered canvases, paint everywhere, this isn't even half of what's in my head.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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