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1. A ghost of who you once were
it scares you to look at
yourself
2. Who put you
into the corner of the room
a straight jacket of comfort
you can't leave
why would you want to?
3. The lead on your pencil
breaks
and your head keeps
writing about things
you've almost
achieved
4. It becomes hard to love others
when you can't even give yourself
the feeling of warmth
5. You wrote love on your arms alone
6. Why didn't they write
your name
on their arms
when you could taste the words
the end
7. Scream in your mind
break a chair
lose your voice
you have absolutely
nothing to say
you've lost your voice
8. Stare straight forward
they can't look past a face
that refuses to respond
9. Trace your hand
on the ground
make sure you are still here
question why
10. Your limbs creak
outstretched up
feet rooted
only fall
when pushed
11. Your baby pictures
paint the word
forgiven in your mind
scrap it
repaint with one narrow
black stroke
flatlined
12. Your eyes are fading
look down





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