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Defining Thoughts

She fakes a smile 
Then turns away
Silent tears fall down her face
As words of hate fill her ears 
The voices of loved ones,
Friends, and people she just met.
create scars on her heart
New scars appear every day
Nobody cares what she does
She doesn't even have a say
She wants something to be heard?
She has to fight to be heard
And still, she can't say a word
And she listens to others
And hears all these things
That they are saying
And sometimes
She doesn't act right away 
But she knows 
Actions speak louder than words
So eventually she'll do as she's told
She tries sharing what she's learned
With her family
But they're either too busy 
Or they don't care what she has to say 
She feels like her feelings don't matter to anyone
She struggles to find herself
She doesn't feel comfortable
When called a Male or a Female
Doesn't know where she fits in
Not comfortable in her own skin
Again nobody will listen
what she says doesn't matter.
All she wants is to be a normal teen
But she'll never be normal
She doesn't even know 
What the definition of normal is
Just sitting in a corner moping 
For reasons she cannot say
If she tries to explain
Why she does what she does or
Says what she says
She'll be judged
If she writes a poem 
She's called “self-centered”
Because most of her poems 
Are about herself and her feelings
But that's how she's dealing
With her life!
She can't tell people anything 
They won't listen they won't understand
They'll think her ideas are non realistic
But they're as realistic as anything
And she knows everything she does
Is what she thinks is right 
Yet she only listens to what others think
Because she wants to please everyone
Even though she knows she can't. 
She says something that she sincerely means
She takes time to say something correctly
Then she treated like she is a burden
She'll eventually go insane because
People have to remind her
To do things
And she says she will do
That task
Maybe not right away
But she'll do them that same day.
She sings and likes sharing stories
Feeling respected
And that glory
Then someone,
Doesn't matter who 
Brings her down
Instead of a smile
She wears a frown
You ask why she talks about 
All the things shares about
It’s because she wants to heard
She wants to tell people it's okay
To be different!
But who cares right...
Everything ends with a fight
And still she is not heard. 
Silent tears fall down her face
And still nobody can understand
Why she hurts inside
Even though she tells them why every day.

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