Girl in the Mirror

A girl looks in the mirror

And cries inside.

She feels she’s not enough

Next to the photoshopped lies.


A boy breaks his arm

And stifles his tears.

He’s been told,

Emotions,

Are never to appear.


A woman downloads apps

In order to find

The love story she was told

Is a requirement of the time.


A man marries a woman

That he has never loved.

Because, he was told

His sexuality was a fraud.


A person slits their wrist

In privacy, alone,

Because they were told

Therapy is not condoned.


These stories,

You notice,

We do not hear.

The system hides them

From both our eyes

And our ears.

It feels like a game

That they’ve trapped us inside,

Where they’ve shaped all the rules

To design our demise


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