tears shed from your blood red eyes
make me scream, make me shout
you yelled and hit and wept and sobbed
you were innocent and hard done by
at least I don’t gamble with peoples lives
you called me a liar, a two-faced bitch
not bad for a girl without a voice
but what about all those sorry years
where you shamed and despised me
told me to get over it — stop overreacting
please, tell me again to jump off a cliff
jealous I could achieve more with less
frustrated I didn’t ask for your help
tried to protect me by hiding me away
excluding my friends and hopes and dreams
all because you never got yours
I wasn’t ever really your daughter
you even questioned it once
told as a child, I’d one day look like you
a curse I hoped would never come true
you never cared, you never did
the moral delinquency on your behalf
I’m not responsible for why you’re alone
that you caused a broken family
I never told you what I went through
bleeding, sores, scars and cries
a compendium of psychiatric diagnoses
my issues merely a fly on the wall
watching you roam across the room
wondering when you’d realise
I was important too

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