Show Me How Deep Your Hurt Is

by Note In a Broken Bottle
originally published at 02:42PM on Tuesday, July 10, 2007

I was there for you when you became anorexic.
I was there for you when you were diagnosed with anxiety.
I sat there and helped you through your panic attacks.
I was worried when you started asking me if I would cry if you died.
I wondered when you started counting the people who would go to your funeral.
I knew when you started cutting thumb holes in your clothes so the sleeves wouldn’t reveal what lay underneath.

I saw what you didn’t want me to see
But I kept quiet because that’s who I am
Don’t ask don’t tell.
But I knew
Believe me I knew
That underneath those sleeves
Laid the scars from your emotions drawn onto your skin.

Finally you showed me your scars
The cut on your bicep
The perfectly straight cuts on your forearms
The etching on your wrist.

I was there for you the whole time
Maybe you just didn’t see me
But I was there for you
I was there
waiting for you to tell.




  • from khepa:

    this is good, i like the second para. i think in the first para, you could use some metaphors rather than saying it directly.

  • from SunEyedGirl:

    Wow, love how you write whats in your heart, keep it up! From all of the experiences we face there is a pearl, keep knowing whats in you.

  • from Katiebeth:

    this is really good.

  • from `espressotherapy.:

    wow. this is really well written. you can definitely tell that it is written from the heart. you definitely have a lot of talent as a writer

  • from Alexa ♥:

    I think the first stanza is too repetative, but it definitely improves after that.

  • from LeAnn717:

    Beautiful, i love how u write what you feel.