“Voice” by Emma Shaffer

“Voice”
by Emma Shaffer

We mustn’t be too happy,
We mustn’t be too sad
We mustn’t be unique, because that would be bad

This is a children’s rhyme
You may think it not true,
But did you ever think this idea is inside of you

Agony, frustration, and rage must be concealed,
For we have wounds that will never be healed

Happiness, joy, and delight are feelings felt in spite,
In spite of your joy, you are vain

Emotions are held inside,
For you are a shape society has made
you are not yourself, but a person with scars
Literal or metaphorical, it doesn’t matter

For we all have graveyards
Of dead hopes and dreams
For we all have red eyes
From tears wept in rage
For we all have broken vocal chords
From our voices that have been silenced
For we all live a lie
A lie that we have a voice

We mustn’t be too happy,
We mustn’t be too sad
We mustn’t be unique, because that would be bad

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