Dear Sir, do you see how tough I am?
I swallowed all these pills and was barely fazed.
Took a match to my skin and told myself it didnâ€™t hurt.
I stopped being me, so I was wondering:
Do you love me yet?
Hello there, do you see how strong I am?
Iâ€™m strong like you now;
I learned to block out the cold.
I like to feel the freezing air on my bare arms.
I had no food today or yesterday or the day before,
Because I can be strong without it.
Are you proud?
Dear Sir, I always admired you.
Iâ€™m just like you now;
Iâ€™ve learned not to let anyone see me.
Not even you.
I was a little girl when I tore out my teeth and
Stuck safety pins through my hands,
Because I was tough enough.
I became someone else, so Iâ€™m wondering:
Do you admire me too?
Youâ€™ve hardened me well; arenâ€™t you proud?
Iâ€™m tough like you now.
I lock myself away just like you, and
I donâ€™t want to talk about love.
The word rolls like vomit in my mouth.
Dear Mr. Fix-It,
Iâ€™m the one you canâ€™t fix.
So stay away just like you taught me and
Keep working on perfecting your world.
Look!Â See how organized I am?
Iâ€™ve made these twenty gashes in a perfect row tonight.
Isnâ€™t it nice?
I knew youâ€™d think so.
Iâ€™m tough now; do you agree?
Long ago I stopped hoping for your attention.
Maybe youâ€™ll take a short break for once and
Read these lines I wrote for you, but maybe you wonâ€™t.
I wonâ€™t be too sad this time.
After all, itâ€™s just a letter from a reject.