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Tasalyn A., Grand Junction, CO By Tasalyn, Grand Junction, CO

There's this girl, Strong.
She pushes her best smile out
for everyone to see.
Behind it,
a frown,
nobody seems to see.

She's carrying this weight on her shoulders,
somehow goes unnoticed.

Sometimes,
when she's alone,
she breaks.
Snaps like a twig.
When she's done,
she pulls herself together,
pretends everything is okay.

She's the one with the friends.
She laughs a lot,
almost too much.
She still remains hidden,
unseen.
Wishing for someone to notice.

Beauty befriended Strong,
Beauty won't tell anyone her secrets,


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