Does Anyone Care?

Self Portrait, age 17
Is Someone listening?

Is Someone there?
I need someone—Does anyone care?

My world, my private world
It’s falling apart
All my hopes and dreams
They seem to depart

Gone are the days when I was carefree
My happiness I wanted to share
Lately, I’ve only felt depressed
Yet, does anyone care?

I am dying, losing my soul
Like a flaming candle
Being snuffed out—cold

But does anyone listen?
Please!—Listen to me!
I can’t cry anymore
I’ve nothing left emotionally

I just want someone, anyone who cares
To listen to my problems
Someone who loves me
Will Someone be that person?

…Does anyone care?

©1986 Kathy Hess; age 17, written after first assault