What You Didn’t Know


You knew that you hurt.
You knew that the pain of being a disappointment was too much.
You knew that despite all your trying, you had failed.
You knew it was the only way out.
You knew that we would be better off.
You knew that you didn't matter.

What you didn't know is that your wife clung
to your cold, hard body hanging from that tree.
What you didn't know is that your mom screamed and screamed,
until her voice was gone.
What you didn't know is that your brother fell apart.
What you didn't know is that your sons didn't understand.
What you didn't know is that your daughters cry themselves to sleep.
What you didn't know is that your family doesn't understand.

What you didn't know is that pain you were feeling,
has now shaken across the family tree.
What you didn't know is that you were only a disappointment,
to yourself.
What you didn't know is that you only failed when you stopped trying.
What you didn't know is that it wasn't the only way out.
What you didn't know is that we aren't better off.
What you didn't know is that you mattered.

What you don't know is that you do matter.

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