First Day

Breathe in, breathe out.
Close my eyes, swallow the doubt!
Straighten up, move ahead.
Look alive, feel dead.
Smile big! Introduce myself.
Don't let them know my life is rough!
Head up, eyes down;
Clear my throat, don't break down!
Be strong, not weak.
Shrug it off, try not to speak!
My head is pounding; my stomach hurts.
My heart is heavy, and my tongue is burnt!
Don't fidget, don't blink.
Don't pick at my nails, don't bite my cheek!
Keep moving, try to sit still.
Don't be fake, but don't be real!
Look full, feel empty.
Seem happy and not angry!
Say I'm nervous when really anxious-
No one sees pain through smiling faces!
Suck it up, don't back down;
Feel lost, look found!
Say thank you then goodbye.
Breakdown and start to cry!
It helps knowing I never let it show:
First day to go!

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