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How Dare You

I dare you to tell the truth

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I dare you to tell the truth
I dare you to tell the truth

How dare you 

Dismiss my desire for tomato ketchup

And casually decide, ‘only mayonnaise today’

How dare you

Interrupt me 

Mid-sentence 

How dare you 

Finish my sentence

When you have no idea what I’m talking about 

How dare you

Ask me for my opinion 

But act like I should have been silent 

How dare you 

Inquire about my day 

And not listen to my stories 

How dare you 

Ask me to tell you what I need 

And completely ignore my requests 

How dare you 

Tell me I have to do something out of obligation 

When you see it causing me suffering 

How dare you 

Make me grow up 

Faster than I need to 

How dare you 

Look at me with those bedroom eyes 

‘I’m not here for the taking’

How dare you 

Ask me to tell just one more joke

I am not here for your fucking entertainment 

How dare you 

watch me cry 

And laugh to yourself as if it’s nothing 

How dare you 

Come into my house 

And take everything I have to give 

How dare you 

Plant seeds of doubt in my head

And then stand by as I question myself 

How dare you 

Pull the rug from under my feet 

And watch, surpised, as I stumble and fall

How dare you

Tell me you love me

And the moment I don’t reciprocate as you want, withdraw your love from me 

How dare you 

Call me out on things

Which you have no right to comment on 

How fucking dare you 

Make me feel like I’m doing something wrong 

When I’m acting from my heart 

How dare you

Intentionally make me feel bad

So that I continue to give you part of my soul

How dare you 

Advise me about my life

When you have no clue who I am 

How dare you 

How dare you 

How dare you 

Thank god I have found myself 

Now

I dare you 

And let’s see how things go

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