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I Am the Perfect Girl-Child

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I am your daughter
I am your sister
I am your cousin
I am you
I did not grow up in an unstable home
I do not have parents I cannot talk to
I get good grades
I do not drink
I do not do drugs
I do not cut myself
I am a virgin
I am the perfect girl-child

On the outside
Have you seen my inside?
Have you seen the scars where I have scratched myself until I bled?
Have you seen the pool of water from the tears that fall from the inside of my eyes?
Have you seen the holes, one for every time I threw my lunch away?
Have you seen the shredded pictures of people I no longer trust?
Have you seen the curtain I can pull behind my eyes when I don’t want you to see my soul?
You have not.
You don’t know.
You do not understand.
You tell me about poor, imperfect girl-children

The opposite of me

Who do all the things I do not do

And tell me you are glad I’m not like them
But I am just like them
I do all the same things
I hurt myself in all the same ways
I just don’t tell a soul



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AnneElliot said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 11:01 pm
Wow, girl, this is really powerful. Tells a lot of girls' stories. Great work.
 
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