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Robot

You know you’re a robot;

You know you can’t feel,

But you try and try;

You want to know

How it is to feel.

 

You try making friends:

You talk to people,

You tell each other stories,

They cry on your shoulder;

They make you feel accepted.

Is this what they call friendship?

 

You find a boy:

You laugh and you blush,

There’s butterflies;

He makes you feel warm.

Is this what they call love?

 

You like to write,

You’re good at it;

You want to do more,

You need to do more;

It makes you feel less scared

of the future.

Is this what they call ambition?

 

You don’t like spiders,

You don’t trust them;

The dark scares you,

You can’t see anything;

They make you feel small.

Is this what they call fear?

 

You get bullied now and then;

They say mean things:

About your looks;

About your personality,

They make you feel attacked.

Is this what they call pain?

 

Sometimes you curl up in bed,

Tears streaming down your face;

Maybe someone snapped at you

Or maybe someone hurt you;

It makes you feel hopeless.

Is this what they call sadness?

 

They say things occasionally:

About your friends

Or about your family;

They make you feel dangerous.

Is this what they call anger?

 

You laugh with your friends,

Your cheeks hurt from smiling;

You don’t think you’d choose

to be anywhere else;

They make you feel elated

Is this what they call joy?

 

You look at cockroaches,

And insects and lizards,

And rotting fruit and dirty laundry;

They make you feel sick.

Is this what they call disgust?

 

He jumps out from a dark corner;

Your heart stutters;

It’s your first time

Watching a horror movie;

It makes you feel a jolt.

Is this what they call surprise?

 

You know you can

Tell them everything;

You don’t have to hide,

You don’t have to be shy;

They make you feel protected.

Is this what they call trust?

 

You turn green with envy,

You hide with shame,

You stand straight with pride,

You smile in amusement;

You laugh, you cry,

You frown, you smile;

You feel okay.

Is this what they call being human?

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