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Bri Winslow


behind your shadow I stand and fall 

it’s a tough battle in which I feel so small

my feelings you might think are dumb

sad, upset, confused, angry, hurt and numb

an ocean of tears hides behind this smile

tormented, trapped and torn my heart feels

13 years of adoption my heart is gonna heal

time heals everything I don’t believe it’s true

I know something time will not do

time has been flying for a long while

I’ve always been trying to show a real smile

one thing that hurts and I don’t know why

I’ve gotten over you I promised I wouldn’t try

you are a mother a mother of two

me and my brother I hardly know you

every night I think of how my life could have been

tears run down my face and the world starts to spin

these past few years have been really hard

for the rest of my life I will be severely scarred

its taken me time to realize what you did

tears in my eyes and you’re clueless it seems

there is a hole in my heart that doctors can’t see

I guess they don’t know what my mom did to me if you want me back you have to prove

you can be a mom or me you will lose

when I screamed for you did you hear a sound?

I guess you didn’t ‘cause you’re never around

 I will tell you something you can’t forget once you hurt your kid you will soon feel regret 

so when you need me I’ll hand this to you a poem for you to see just why I’m so blue

 and to tell you that when you weren’t here for me 

I’ll make sure to be there for you 

Because you have taught me to


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