I look at your face and it never shows you’re down A smile spread around that’s taped over the frown Concealer under your eyes to hide the long nights Hearing your mom fight has your big headphones on tight
But pop melodies can’t drown out all the loud screams Dishes left unclean, parents as scared as the teen Food rots in the fridge, “Keep Out” sign hangs from the door Damp tissues ignored, scattered across the floor
Try to make her laugh, but my jokes aren’t funny Shows love through money, dries up the nose when runny But the low hats and dark shades only cloaked her eyes Wouldn’t notice my, mouth curved in when I’ve spoken lies
I bet you did see both my pupils wedged with glass In sports getting last, cuz I was too effing smacked Our lamps burnt out, the light in the house faded In school berated, little girl how did you make it?
You saved the castle when I couldn’t be controlled You took on new roles, cried for me to be consoled Writing gave me back my voice when I became mute My leaves wouldn’t shoot if you didn’t water the roots
You, you are my blood, without blood my heart won’t pump When considered a flunk, blood made my heartbeat jump Really didn’t mean for my lack of energy To make enemies, but what’s done is now memory
What happened to me, to us, was unexpected When it got hectic, everyone was affected But my family, and Vicky especially you Kept stable and true and that is how we got through