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A Different Girl

When he yells,
I pretend I am a different girl.
So he doesn’t yell at me,
He yells at her.
When he is angry,
I pretend I am a different girl,
I jump into a different skin,
So he doesn’t bruise me,
He bruises her.
When he leaves,
I pretend I am a different girl,
So he’s not leaving me,
He’s not leaving his daughter,
He’s leaving her.
I pretend I am a different girl.
I am not a bad girl,
She’s the bad girl.
I am not a stupid girl,
She’s the stupid girl.
I am not the ungrateful b****,
She is.
It’s not me,
It’s her.
It doesn’t hurt me, he doesn’t hurt me.
Only her.
I’m not hurt, I’m not hurt, I’m not hurt.
She is.
But daddy doesn’t love me,
He loves her.



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