The Emotional Life of Adolescent Abuse - A Daughter's Poetry

Emotional abuse is not considered as serious as physical or sexual abuse.  But it is.  The  thoughts and poetry contained here were written by a 13 year old girl after having endured years of emotional abuse by her mother. 



poem-picThe following words and poetry were written by Kallel Hunter. She has graciously allowed me to share them with you.


My name is Kallel and I am 13 years old. I live in the U.K. and have Irish, Jamaican and Barbadian in me. I also have two sisters and 3 brothers. I am the eldest. We don’t live together anymore. Two are living with my mum in Birmingham; one is living with her mum (my granny) in Leicester and two are living with me and my dad and my step mom.


Living with my mom was like keeping a secret and living two lives. She drank and made us lie to everyone. She called us unpleasant names and moved us around all the time. She used me as a slave, used emotional blackmail and made us risk our education – all for a fool she followed around. Living with my mum was draining me and finally, I had to leave. Many people didn’t know and still don’t know the real reason I left. I’m not doing it out of spite, I just want to better myself and not feel so negative anymore.


The things that inspired me to start writing poetry were mainly my emotions and to try and understand things around me – mainly my mum. Poetry to me is like a friend to talk to, but with my emotions – which is a good thing and I enjoy doing it. Sometimes it’s not good things that inspire people. But what I find is that whatever inspires a person, they have the power to change it in to something positive.



 People are always talking 

But they don’t listen to what they say,

 Too scared to face up to people

 So their spiteful tongue just rolls away

 Words will never hurt you 

That’s what you all expect 

Then after it’s like bruises and scars

 A pain you’ll never mentally forget

 It stays in your head

 But repeats in your mind

 Twists your personality 

As you blame yourself all the time 

The words are like an emotional vampire 

That brings you to defense 

But too late!

 It has already drank most of

 Your happiness and made you feel useless

 And stressed

 We have got a whole dictionary 

Of right words to use 

So why do we sometimes choose 


 Next time you speak to somebody 

Think before you use your powerful tongue! 


It was you!

 That destroyed me! 

Made me disheveled 

Left me on the ground 

It was you! 

That weakened me 

And had a firm grip

 To drag me down

 All these years I was blinded 

Thought you were always there 

To love me, to hold me

 But selfishly didn’t care

 You! Compulsive liar 

A tongue that slithers in your moth

 Every lie is an excuse why 

You can’t unleash me out 

Try to make me heartless

 While you were in control

 As your jealousy and hatred 

Sinks sluggishly

 Into your precious



When you are walking on the road

 Don’t feel like you are all alone

 Because I’ll be with you, every step,

 Behind you

 Every step you take, and every direction,

 I will give you guidance and amour you

 With protection

 Because I’ll be with you every step 

Behind you 

Trust in me, believe in me, and have faith

 As my blanket of love will promise

 Not to break away

 In the journey of life, distractions

 Can make you fall

 But my love will still go on

 Just know I’m here to call

 In the journey of lifeFree Reprint Articles, you figure

 Things out for yourself

 I’ll be guarding you

 Whenever you need help

 No matter what you say or what you do

 I’ll be with you

 Every step behind you

 Roni Weisberg-Ross LMFT



Roni Weisberg-Ross

I am West Los Angeles based psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of sexual abuse, emotional abuse, severe depression and social anxiety. I see individuals, couples and families and also lead a weekly AMAC (Adults Abused as Children) support group at the Family Resource Counseling Center. More information on services offered by Roni Weisberg-Ross can be found on her website at:


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