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Please stop fighting
Please, please, please, please stop
Just stop
Please just get along
Remember me? You all said you loved me, prove it
Please stop it for me

You think because I'm not the one your shouts are aimed at
That I'm not harmed
But I am hurting
I'm being ripped apart inside
Into three parts
One part of me for each of you
They were once joined together
But now I can't even force them together
I can't sew up the holes forming between them
Not even with my strings of tears and pleas

Every word out of your mouths
Causes the holes to swell
Filling more and more of me with empty but painful space

Even when you talk to me,
Saying I'm glad you're not like him
Meaning it as a compliment,
It hurts as the holes expand
You say please don't be like that when you grow up
You say you can't take it
You say you'll just be happy when I grow up

Are you happy now?
I've finally grown up
And I'm not like that
I'm not fighting back
Or rebelling
I'm staying silent
I'm trying not to cry out
And show you the pain I've kept locked away
I hope you can take it
Because I can't much longer
I've finally matured
My vision of my perfect family
Has finally shattered

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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