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Too many words

on chicken scratched pages

Two lovelorn fools

on opposing stages

Has this been a curse

or a shrouded blessing?

I’ve got a lifetime

of sins worth confessing

Nobody’s here

No, nobody’s there

Can’t display what we hide

So I bleached all my hair

Can’t express how we feel

Punched a hole through my nose

There’s no one to blame

for the lanes I once chose

Used to party and get rowdy

Throw discretion out the door

Used to lure ’em, love ’em, leave ’em

but don’t want that anymore

Just need some peace of mind

a place that’s safe to be set free

But the past keeps me in shackles

Suffocating. I can’t breathe

A needle later, I wake up

with nine words etched into my skin

Far too numb to bother crying

Two lips forced into a grin

“What’s the matter, little robot?

Don’t you like the way you’re programmed?

Suck it up, smile for the camera

Sacrifice: Your free will be damned!”

Getting tired, must keep going

Pay attention to the script

Got so caught up in the plot

I lost my footing and I tripped

Face meets pavement, busted femur

Couple stitches ‘cross the cheek

I broke character, I’m sorry

Let me practice my technique

Got these crutches still, I’m limping

Even after all these years

Hope to get my day in court soon

Karma’s bill is in arrears

© C.M. 2020 All Rights Reserved

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