the girl on the inside,
the girl in the reflection of the mirror
is bloody, bruised.
the girl here smiles, says,”I’m fine.”
the girl in the mirror cries until her tears
flood this room and drown her.
the girl here swallows the pain
and the girl in the mirror screams
but I keep throwing her punches
and keep thinking she can take it.
but lately the girl in mirror…
has been punching back,
and the scars are outwards.
she’s been screaming at me,
and my ears are ringing.
the water is spilling out of her room
into my eyes,
and I’m drowning in it.