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title: "Look" author: Megan Weber date: 2020-04-11T18:07:16-05:00 publishDate: 2020-04-11T18:07:16-05:00 description: resources:

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Look left Now look right What do you see? A person You might have Your own idea Of what they are like But do you really know them? No. You don’t even try You keep your assumptions And hold dearly to your lies Because it’s easier to Think of them one way Than to think of them As an actual person. To look to your left And think about how She lost her father And he has anxiety And they are abused To look to your right and To think that they Don’t have a home Because of someone They chose to love She is always wearing jackets That cover her arms His mom passed away They used to be three The teacher used to be a father And his dad’s in prison One day you’ll accept That they are people to You’ll stop treating them Like shit And maybe start caring Because she was driven to the edge And he died alongside her His best friend died And she willingly pressed The barrel into her head She has dark circles Under her eyes from lack of sleep Her brother is sick And his mother is deployed He spent the day in a cemetery She hides tears behind a smile A lie A facade That all of us have Because we like to act like the biggest And the baddest When we are the most scared of all When we hide more pain than them When will we take the time to Look the bully in the eye And ask them what's going on At home Take time to notice the girl Who never turns in her work And who sits in the back corner Trying to avoid being seen Just so she won’t have to answer A question on the homework She didn’t do Because she spent all night In the hospital Waiting for word on her parents Who died in a plane crash When will we stop Being so self centered And take the damn time To notice someone in more need Than our own problems Ask the girl with perfect makeup To stop hiding And Show the world her true self Without the makeup caked on Take the time to Ask the jock with the perfect looks How his boyfriend is doing Take the time To listen to someone And tell them That they have nothing to say sorry for And that they are not a mistake Take the time to scream to the clouds About how they are happy Take the time Talk to the person next to us Just learn their name Look left Now look right Instead of just inferring What that person is like Take the time to actually care About what’s going on Maybe, just maybe You could save a life Maybe you just saved There family from heartbreak Maybe You saved a sibling A mother A father A grandparent A best friend To someone And that is all you Because you took the time To Look left And Then look right.