By: Masouda K.
The girl in this story represents much of humanity. When we begin seeking others’ approval and living up to their desires, we fall into a spiral of anger and sadness. I hope my poem conveys to the reader that they are not alone. This is true because we as individuals must learn to accept that solely ourselves should control our lives. Beyond this, the poem brings awareness to how the others around you may be struggling with an internal battle. If you know someone who is struggling, you should help them and provide comfort. Mental health matters to me because it plays a huge role in how I view life every day. Furthermore, similarly to the girl in the poem, mental health is what defines how difficult doing tasks becomes. Besides the physical pain, there is internal pain. The girl struggles to dance after she falls into despair; however, earlier in the poem, when the girl was filled with joy, she was able to dance gracefully. Mental health impacts me by defining how present I can be in the moment and how I feel–therefore, how I act. I find it extremely important to understand and empathize with how others are feeling. Because you have the potential to change their day–and, ultimately, their life.
1st Place · Middle School Writing (2023)