Smile darling!

Do not tell me to smile;

My mouth is not yours to control,

My face is not yours to change,

My mood is not yours to own.

 

I do not belong to you and none

Of me is yours to take.

Neither do I need you,

Nor want you,

Nor know you.

 

I have enough friends and

I have had enough of you,

Your words in my ear,

Your fingers on my arm.

 

I am a person, not a puppet,

You are so, so wrong to think

That I owe you anything.

 

Never tell me it is lighthearted

When you get excited by the fear in my eyes.

If you have a daughter

I hope she never feels the same fear.

 

 

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