hidden journal

by Kylie McCarthy

Huh., a drawing by Gaby Bravo (grade 12)

audio: read by the author

The hidden journal 

The secrets that are written within

The pages that are filled

The dreams that want to be remembered 

The fights that are important 

The dates that want to be forgotten 

The friendships that are broken 

The heartache that needs to be felt 

The tears on the pages

The marks of the words erased 

The words that want to be written but can’t be

The poor grammar 

The feelings that can’t be taken back

The ones that want to be 

The words that want to be shared with the world

The consequences of the feelings that feel wrong

The fear that everyone has seen them

The secrets that are written within

The hidden journal 

Kylie McCarthy (grade 10)


My name is Kylie McCarthy. I am a sophomore. Outside of school I am a photographer. When I am at school, I am usually at cheerleading practice or taking pictures for sports. Many people don’t know this about me, but I love to write and try to write as much as I can in my free time.

how do you resonate with your piece? why is it personal to you?

My poem is personal to me in the way that it is a very common feeling with many young women, my age, and around my age. I think one of my favorite things about this poem is how relatable it could be to so many different people and how this poem can resonate with pretty much anyone.

what message do you hope to convey through your piece?

I hope to convey the message that the feelings of this poem and the emotions of this poem are OK to be felt, and while they might feel like a bad thing at the time, we just grow from these experiences.

what is your ideal writing environment?

When writing, I find I write my best when I am lying in my bed listening to music.