crumple up the pain.

bleed it out,

do without

thoughts you can’t explain.


you are choking on air

on pressures transparent

on stresses inherent

from everywhere.


you wish to be alone

but not to be rejected

you wish to be protected

until you have grown.


You feel contained, completely restrained

by all the expectations that they hold

by deception; all the lies that you have told

and thus your heart is shadow-stained.


you can scream, shout, and slice away at the barriers around you,

but when your weapon has dulled, it takes much to break through.


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