What is Unreal

April 5, 2018

She wanted to be the perfect child
She wanted to be the labeled red letters on received school work
The right syllables that roll off the tongue
The well rounded deflated ball
The perfect periods and punctuation
The praised literary work
The report cards hung on the fridge
The certificates and trophies on the wall

She wanted to be the perfect girl
The hidden drugs under the bed
The secrets kept in the closet
The wild parties when the parents are gone
And the perfect clean up when the guests leave
The missing beer bottles to cover up the pain
The hip clothing on the bedroom floor
The friendly Polaroids on the dresser

She wanted to be the perfect daughter
The made-up bed with pressed sheets at six o'clock
The cereal with no spilled milk
The forgotten memories that are actually pleasant
The kind tone from parents
The warm hugs from grandfather
The melting cookies made by grandma
The laughs through the telephone
The heat flowing through the home

She wanted the perfect life that others would never desire to trade






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