good enough

1.

there’s a girl inside

she longs to play,

to laugh, to sing

 

but she’s afraid

her hope and joy

are not allowed

 

cause she’s been taught

her worth depends on those

who choose for her

 

if she is good enough

 

2.

to laugh and sing

to dance and frolic

in the field

 

to love this life

and all the beauty

it contains

 

but all she sees

are children living

in the hunger

that she feels

 

the starving in her soul

 

3.

and she believes

that pain is always

all her fault

 

and that if she

were only perfect

life would be

 

without this pain

without this hunger

and this strife if she

 

were only good enough

 

4.

she never hopes

because to hope

is to believe

 

that life is good

in all its horror

and its pain

 

and she refuses

ever to believe

that this is so

 

and god to hell can go

 

5.

because if god

were any love

worth fighting for

 

then he would see

this desperation

in her soul

 

and send her some

just one who loves her

just the way she is

 

to see the beauty in her soul

 

6.

and so she screams

in silent desperation

songs

 

in dark of night

when no one comes

to hear her truth

 

she knows that if

she only weren’t her

then this would not

 

be pain she had to bear

  

7.

she moves through days

being the one she thinks (they say?)

they need

 

bearing the grief

of being outcast

by the world

 

inside her heart

so tortured by

the ugliness she’s born

 

she wishes

she were good enough

 

8.

and that the world

would love this woman

that she is

 

and all rest

who live in suffering

and pain

 

because of those

who label

what has worth and what has not

 

and toss aside

 

those who aren’t good enough

              

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