The youth-written stories in Represent give inspiration and information to teens in foster care while offering staff insight into those teens’ struggles.

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Poetry

Anger Poem

Who am I?
I am part of you
What am I?
I am you
I am in your head
I am your second conscious
I can control you
But you can control me
Who am I?
I am anger

Anxiety Poem

What can I do?
I can scare you
Where am I?
I’m in your thoughts
How do I scare you?
I tell you things that may not be true
When do I get in your thoughts?
Whenever you feel uncomfortable
I can manipulate you
I can have you do whatever I want
Who am I?
I am anxiety

Aubrey Mancuso, 15
Painesville, OH



Mine Hers Yours

At times you are the enemy in your own garden
Shaming and picking at the flowers that aren’t the most
Delightful to look at
Too much too little too crooked too green
How come her flowers are more fluorescent than mine
More blossomed than mine
Envy is a deadly sin
Others look at your garden
Your grass
Your sun
And ask themselves “why can’t that be mine”
But why can’t you see how soft every petal lays on each
flower that you have
How the bees kiss the pollen endlessly
The way the grass and morning dew touch each other so
effortlessly
Just lay in your garden and tell her she’s beautiful

Ginger Grasso, 20
Staten Island, NY

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