Self exclusion

If you go about searching for exclusion

And disqualification in the world

You will surely find it.

And that does not mean it’s all in your head:

It’s really there

But your insecurity makes it that much more so.

What really bothers us sometimes

Is that people seem to discern from afar

What we wrestle with intimately

And spend our lives trying to conceal:

A deep, deep sense of inadequacy.

Exclusion and loneliness

Is as much a consequence of the story

We tell ourselves

As it is the way we are treated.

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