Maybe they were right
no one could ever really love me
I’m not like everyone else
I learned early I had to speak up for myself
otherwise people try to break you down to nothing
and hope you can’t find any strength left to catch a second breath
yet I must explore the reasons my stress remains distressed
constantly in a state of unrest I wish I could digress
the needles keep pricking me constantly
I don’t have any more room for bandages but they aren’t listening to me
some of the cuts run deep and were infected by other things
still no one will let me heal
when did this become part of fair deal
if this is reality it surely doesn’t seem real
they turned my dreams into nightmares pretending to care
when someone was needed no one was there
or they went deaf and were unable to hear
being alone doesn’t always feel so lonely
or have I accepted all of what some have always told me.
© Veronica “Vee” Thornton
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