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I Feel Like a Burden

I feel like a burden.
Parents kicked me out saying 
“He’s gotta deal with her now” 
And they weren’t playing
“If you leave this house,
You can’t come back”
Don’t worry mom and dad 
I had enough time to pack.
Just cause I wanted to stay the night
You ended up yelling 
I left after that fight.
Things had to change 
Couldn’t get to HTC
Losing friends left and right
People started judging me
Just trying to live
But it doesn’t go so well
Sometimes I feel alone
Feel like I’m living in hell.
Cause no one understands 
That age means nothing to me
If I love someone 
Can’t you just be happy?
Missing my family
But it doesn’t matter
Going crazy cause I’m lonely
Like wonderlands crazy mad hatter
Calling my boyfriend 
Hard when he’s away
Ending the call early 
Cause we don’t know what to say
Wishing I was normal 
Hate what people think
Can’t talk to no one 
Cause I’m on the brink
Of not being able to cope
I know I’m negative sometimes 
But all I want is to hope
I want to be able to
Smile again
But idk how
Where or when.
When he’s there 
My life seems so much sweeter
Met him at work he’s on the clean team
(But that doesn’t mean he’s neater)
Gotta buy the groceries 
Hoping to do more
Part time at the bakery
At the cub foods store
Life is complicated
Like staying balanced on a saddle
New conflicts every day
But I’m still fighting my last battle.
Once I finally feel 
That I am close to winning
I look at the mess behind me 
Saying “that was just the beginning”

Copyright © Carmen Erickson | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 5/21/2016 9:08:00 AM

    Carmen, well done. and said. SKAT
  1. Date: 4/25/2016 8:29:00 AM

    This is really sad and deep... If you are a burden then it is their problem, not yours... be strong and keep the faith...
  1. Date: 4/25/2016 3:56:00 AM

    Great write Carmen... Almost that you are talking to me... Such is motivation to never give up... Thank you!