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 Youth involved with DYFS, DCBHS, JJC, and other systems in NJ have submitted poetry which reflect their feelings, emotions and experiences. If you would like to submit your own poetry for publication on this website,  click on "Submit Your Work". 


Welcome To My World

I'm from a world of pain and strife.
So I'm forced to live this ghetto life.
All I ever wanted was to be loved.
Or even just to love.
I've always been alone.
So at times I thought jail was easier than home.
But now I know it's time.
Time for me as a man to shine.
As a kid I was scared of change,
But now I have no one but myself to blame.
I finally realized that life is what you make it.
So no longer do I have to fake it.
No more guns, no more drugs.
Outside my world I am no thug.



feeling left
hollow inside
no one to hold
or to cry to

hating your life
wanting to die
feeling ashamed
and despised

wanting to cry
no one to trust
weak and depressed
hurt and stressed

weak in your soul
no one to love
ready to jump
as your heart thumps

feeling alone
no use of living
you are ready to take
the first step of suicide