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The Perfect Sister

Ashlee Thigpen


Doesn’t it hurt…to be so perfect?

To never do anything wrong?

To never think bad thoughts or say bad words?

To never “act up” or be down?

Tell me, how do you do it?

Year after year, day after day…

Perfect daughter, perfect marriage,

Perfect job, perfect husband.

Perfect. You. Synonyms.

Don’t you ever want to yell in church?

Scream at someone who makes you mad?

Cry or pout or cuss or spit?

Anything out of the perfection norm?

Ever? Never?

How can that be normal?

They will study you in med school someday when you die-

A freak of nature, surely.

Me, they will burn and scatter to the winds…