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Don’t Tell (Yourself)

Don’t tell yourself that
You’re all right; don’t
Tell yourself to sleep
At night: I hear
You’re crying in your head
Don’t tell yourself you’re better dead
You mean so much to someone else
To hurt them in an act of self
Ish defiance: I wish defiance
Could become self reliance,
Instead of inhumane;
This cutting,
Won’t help pain.



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