Still Here

I see you

Struggling to understand yourself

Struggling to understand

Why you aren’t like them

Though you smile

It’s unnatural

Forced through teeth

That would rather scream

Get away

Than come near

You hear me teach

But you aren’t listening

Your body’s present

But your mind is absent

Weary from another long night

Of arguing

Of family drama

Of pretending you’re ok

I see your eyes glaze

As you drift away

To your dream

The one where people stay in love

And promises are kept

Except that you can’t stay there long

Before you are

Back

In another class

That doesn’t matter

In comparison to the world

Falling to pieces around you

But you are

Here

And that’s something

The race may have worn you down

But you are still running

Still fighting

Still breathing

Still here

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