I Am Responsible

Last week Tony cried
This week Katie cried
Who will cry next week?

His name is Al
He used to work as
a PO for
rapists and
murderers
but then retired and
opened up this little
slice of hell
CIP was its name
It was a residential for
troubled teenagers
like myself
Every week someone cried
Their idea of
therapy
was:
Force us to clean
all day long
——well, when they’re not
blaming us
for all the problems
of our family
our friends
everyone
Everything Was My Fault///

Once a week
we sat in group
therapy
and Al would find
one unlucky soul
to roast in front of
everyone there
Once a week
a different kid
would cry

For three months I had
someone forcing these
notions
down my throat that
It Was All My Fault|||
that after a while you
start to
believe

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