self-portrait of a people-pleaser

to look at me

is to look at a

two-way mirror from

the closed side

see only your face

looking slightly wrong

but still yours

while I stand on the other side

frantically trying to maintain

the illusion


love yourself and you

will love me

there is no other way

to do it

one day you might

realize there is more

behind a wall of glass

you never thought to break

but by then I’ll know you well enough

to convince you it would be a mistake

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