For Every Perfect Smile

Please look at me, and see

There’s the happy little family

and the cozy little home, but

for every perfect little smile there’s a perfect little cut.

 

Please listen to me, and hear

there’s the quirky attitude everyone holds dear

and the pretty little dance she does every afternoon, but

for every perfect smile there’s a perfect little cut.

 

Please hold me, don’t let go

there’s a reason my responses are coming so slow.

There’s the happy little family

and the cozy little home, but

For every perfect smile there’s a perfect little cut.

 

Please talk to me and be true

Because a lie  hurts her more than it does  you.

I move like I’m alive, and I laugh on cue, but

For every perfect smile there’s a perfect little cut.

 

And for every fake friend there’s a wound you can’t see

And every insult a tear in my seams.

And every love lost a hole in my heart

And hiding all this is tearing me apart

 

But I ask you to see

And I beg you to hear

I scream and shake and it’s just as I feared.

 

That as long as I smile

and as long as I laugh

you pretend not to hear

you may as well be deaf.

 

But look at me damnit

I’m standing right here!

I’m not going away and  neither will your fear

 

that one day the cuts will get too deep

and one day the dance will become a leap

and one day the attitude will just break down

and what are you going to do with me now?

 

because you act like you don’t know

and I pretend like it’s not me

but no matter how we try it’s just plain to see

 

There may be a happy little family

and a cozy little home

But none of that matters when it’s all said and done

because for every perfect smile there’s a perfect little cut

This is a door you can’t just slam shut.

 

You read lines like this and you push it away

Artistic freedom or some such you’ll say

but you’ll wonder why the lines switch from her to me

and I’ll wonder why you just refuse to see

that for every perfect smile there’s a perfect little cut

and I’ve done everything to beg for help

but…

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