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“Broken - soon to Fall: A Response to Emily Dickinson’s “I cried at Pity -

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I cried at Pity—not at Pain—
And I want to know why you must look like- a fragile doll
ready to break at any moment.
Why must you stand there with a smile on your face?
My tears spring forth when I see it…
Part of a shattered mask that has been glued together.
I cry not from pain,
But pity...
I know you,
and This,
This isn’t you.
My tears stain this page,
But not because I empathize -
No, they fall because I feel sorry for you,
Because of all the twisted faces you see...
- and yours.
So why?
I know your pain-
Well, at least OF it.
So let me tell you,
My broken doll,
I hope you find your way back together.

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