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You Don't Know

" There's a story behind every person. There's a reason why they are the way they are. Think about that before you judge someone."

See that girl over there?

black hoodie? ripped jeans?

with her black lipstick,

you call her different

but if you looked behind the scenes...

then you'd know...

it's just a mask that she wears

to keep her hands from shaking

so no one sees her breaking

cuz she feels like nobody cares...

and that boy in the corner?

who always sits alone?

he doesn't sleep most nights

and gets in a lot of fights

but if you saw how things were at home...

then you'd know...

it's just part of how he deals...

with the anger that burns deep

and doesn't let him sleep

and the pain & the heartache he feels...

Still... you continue to judge

when you don't know all these things...

like the scars that she's hiding

the demons he's fighting

or how deeply they ACHE...

to only spread their wings...

you don't know the battles

that they go through every day

with the monsters deep inside

and the people in their life

who they wish would just go away...

and if you don't know...

then maybe you shouldn't treat them that way

you never know... the battles they juggle

or the way that they struggle

might be yours to go through someday...
Written by kathyrivers (Kathy Rivers)
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You just don't know, do you?
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