The Laughingstock


I feel like the laughingstock
of some unspoken inside joke
everyone is in on,
except me.


Maybe I am everything they say I am.


I am so self conscious,
so paranoid
hearing their jeers
piercing me like spears.


Maybe their criticisms are correct.


Perhaps I'm not in on the fact
that I nothing to offer;
everything I say and do
is make myself look like a fool.


Maybe the joke's on me.

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Inspired by "I Remember Me" by Jennifer Hudson

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