The piece I’m sharing today is from a longer piece that I’m still working on.
I was in a zoo filled with damaged adolescents trying to find their way. Some of the girls were loud and dominating, demanding attention and proudly bragging about their suicide attempts. Some girls were quiet like me, perhaps scared of the unfamiliar environment. Most seemed resigned to their fates. All of these girls fascinated me. Ever the writer, I made sure to take notes on the girls, noting their appearance and diagnosis. It seems so twisted, but I wanted to remember everything about the ward. It was as if I anticipated writing this.
Rachel – 13, quiet, skinny, reddish brown-blond hair, depression
Miriam – 15, red hair, outspoken, boxer, Mexican, depression and schizo
Gennifer – 15, white, blond curly hair, bipolar
Stormi – 13, white, blondish brown hair, foster kid, homicidal, suicidal
Elizabeth T. – 16, white, feisty, goth, black hair, big black eyes, suicidal
Denise – 15, white, blonde, suicidal
Emily – 14, white, blonde, pretty, cynica, suicidal, overdosed
Shaina – 15, white, skinny, girly, cuts on arms and legs, depression, suicidal
Ursalla – 15, black, bossy, depression
Bethany – 14, white, short blond hair, “punk”, likes Eminem, cuts on wrist, suicidal, depression
Elizabeth H. – 15, tall, white, blonde, might be going to Terrell, depression
Elizabeth C. – 13, short red-brown hair, Mexican, smart ass, depression, overdosed