It was hard at first.


Junior year.

The start of the semester.


New school year.
New teachers.

New start,

A start that was supposed to be exciting.


November came.

The thoughts of Thanksgiving came.




But it was all a tragedy.

Thanksgiving became a dark night.

Laughter became crying.


My dad had left.

It was just my mom and I.

In a blink,

Everything changed.


It was hard at first.


Going to school with that in mind.

Laughing moments and school work were my distraction.


Going home to not seeing that person.

That important person in my life.

16 years and 10 months

Aren’t easy to forget.


It was hard at first.


But I learned to be strong.





No one will be there forever.

I had to to lift myself up,

Keep going,

And be strong.


It was hard at first.



CC BY-SA 4.0 “Why I’m Strong As Hell” by Yahaira is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

  1. Eva 12 months ago

    Your poem is raw and real and INSPIRING. You are so strong and so remarkable. I’m honored to know you.

  2. Jocelin 12 months ago

    Yahaira, Thanks for your poem! This poem stood out for me because I can relate to it. Inspired me to be strong for myself. I look forward to seeing your next post 🙂

  3. Lis 12 months ago

    Thanks for writing about something that may not be easy, and allowing people to see this.
    You can really tell by your writing that you are independent. Such a great poem, and really does describe your characteristic as a strong person. Thanks again for writing this amazing poem. Hope to see more of your writing soon.

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