They don’t like me.

They do.

Try and be nice.

I did

They don’t.

Maybe you’re not

Being nice enough.

Ok now I am

I am now

I am

Still am

I am still

Ok now I can’t.

Why don’t they like me?

Because you didn’t try?

Are you deaf?

I tried

Then I tried again

And again

Again and again

I tried

Yet they don’t.

Still.

Maybe you need to stop

Trying then.

Huh.

Hmm.

Oh.

But I don’t like

Being by myself.

That’s cause you

Don’t like yourself

Try that first.

Huh

Oh

Hmm.

How?

See there

Right there

That right there

You idiot

That’s

What’s

wrong

with you.

Your NEED for

approval.

© Jay Kaushal

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