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Teen Cutting
By Flying Fox AKA Ted L Glines
Thursday, January 29, 2009

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Have you ever had a teen who was into cutting in your family, or maybe in the families of your neighbors or friends? Considering how many of these self-abusing teens there are, it's amazing that no one seems to have ever known one.

Teen Cutting
by Ted L Glines

On one of the poetry Websites there are a number of teen poets who also happen to be abused by parents or foster parents. Their poems reflect their abuses as if writing about it, and sharing, is some sort of catharsis for them. Being an older man, I remain amazed that they trust me. Teens have a problem with trusting adults, under the best of circumstances. At any rate, several of these teens practice this thing called “cutting” -- something which I have never understood until now. On this special Website, last night, I read a poem by one of the teens. It was about cutting. It was graphic and I knew it was real. The poem was very well written and I said so in the comment. But I added that I wished that someone who knew would email and explain to me what cutting was all about, and I went on to say that I thought the lofty explanations of psychologists, therapists, counselors, and other paper-pushers, were worthless. This morning, I received an email from the teenaged girl who had written the poem. I have not edited it nor corrected her English usage. Here is what she said:

“you said you wished some one would email you on the lure of cutting  well im that  person Cutting to me at first just seemed stupid  but one night i got really  really mad and didnt even think about  it and just sorta took a knife and cut my  wrist after that i felt  relief calm even it seemed that everything went away for  a while

“and  when i felt that i liked i hadnt felt calm in a while i had been  going through so many things at that time i liked thte feeling

“i  was in  control i could stop it at any time i wanted to i didnt  have to feel that pain i  was in control for once in my life. it got worse cutting became addicting for me i was doing  it every  day i thought that it was my only way to live no one had seen my  wrist  for about 2 months i hide it very well until one day i cut  justa little to deep  my mom found my in my room on the floor i  was out of it i had passed out i tried  to commet suicied and i  couldnt even do that right.but she called an ambulance  they took  my to the hospital i had to have a blood transfusion they stiched  up  my wrist and then sent me to a rehab facilty i was there for  almost a  year and i am a little better but not much i still  cut but not like i used to  but i found writting helps a lot but  i hope i helped.” ~Young Female Teen Cutter

You do not have to read between the lines to feel the hurt in what she said. Reading this, expressing it the way she did, would tear you up if you were an empath. Needless to say (all the bad English to the contrary), the young lady is a very good poet (and her poems would pass an English exam). That tiny tag end, “i hope i helped,” says a volume about her character and nature.

Yes, I did respond back, thanking her for helping me to understand. And, yes, I did give her my standard thing about suicide being a permanent solution to a temporary problem, and I did tell her that a day would come when she would be very happy to be alive -- because bad situations would be survived and left behind as she moved on in life. Beyond this, I did not lecture her. I simply thanked her again for explaining cutting to me, and I let it go.

But I will be watching for her new poems, reading them and commenting, leaving positive notes, or ways to look at bad situations in a positive light. I am sure she will not OD on a bit of positive mental attitude (PMA), and every now and then, a chuckle may be useful. Isn't it always!

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Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/29/2009
Perhaps like all victims and people with mental health issues which run the gauntlet from depression to drug and alcahol abuse...if the cry for attention were heard and listened to by people who profess to love them the death list for suicide would be a lot shorter.

Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 1/29/2009
Someone very close to me was cutting herself. I consulted with a psychologist friend of mine who told me it's a way of them letting out some of the hurt that is festering inside. They may not be aware of this but it is the crux of the matter. Generally it's only girls who practice this and I find myself wondering why only them? Thank you for posting this Ted. Hopefully it will do some good.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/29/2009
Great write, Ted; very well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 1/29/2009
Flying Fox, sometimes parents have twisted they children so bad that even a soul like yours can't untwisted them.


Reviewed by Bonnie May 1/29/2009
I can understand why she had no fear of talking to you Ted, you are a gentle soul and it comes throught loud and clear as did this write. It is so sad they cut to bring pain to the pain their feeling inside. Lovely girl, lovely man and lovely write. Love, Bonnie

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