PTSD

Milo DuFresne

I’ve already seen so much,

I don’t think this is normal to experience. 

People tell me I’m brave

But I’m never at ease. 

My brain is flushing out everything at once

I don’t think this is normal to experience. 

People tell me I’m sick,

 And I agree, I feel diseased. 

My body feels wrong and shameful. 

Am I supposed to feel like this? 

I was told it was normal,

I was told it was okay,

I was told I was big enough to handle this. 

I still don’t believe that. 

I still have dreams about it. 

I’m still diagnosed with what soldiers get after being shot. 

This doesn't feel normal. 

Milo Dufresne is fourteen years old and attends Manatee School for the Arts.