I Am Proud

She texts and drives
I hope she stays safe.
She smokes too much
I hope she stays healthy.
She hardly sleeps much
I hope she stays rested.
She hardly eats much
I hope she stays full.

The ones who undervalue her
and oftentimes abuse her
are the ones she keeps around for years
not realizing she deserves better.
It seems as if she prefers to be yelled at
as opposed to being read to as she falls asleep.

No one in her life has ever told her they are proud…
she broke me, the words choke me, but I am proud.

The one who always valued her
and helped her see her worth
is the one she chose to get rid of
not realizing she deserves his love.
It seems as if she prefers to be called an idiot
as opposed to being called an inspiration.

She is self-critical
I hope she finds peace.
She rarely smiles
I hope she finds joy.
She hardly breathes much
I hope she learns how.
She hardly keeps much
I wish she kept me.

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