Smile Bitch

When your fingers grow callused

from the hard-pressed pencils

When you’re asked to read aloud

and you stumble over the words

When English feels jagged and cuts your tongue

Smile Bitch

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When the redneck on the corner calls you

a towel-headed heathen

When the security at the airport searches you

because your last name has too many syllables

and you have to be hiding more somewhere

Smile Bitch

Smile Bitch (1)

When your knees give out during the mile run

and the class goes on without you

When your white shorts bleed through

When Mama calls you lazy after your backs been broken

When the family says your brother is killer crazy

Smile Bitch

Smile Bitch (1)

When the world is laughing at you

Just Smile

Smile Bitch Smile

Smile Bitch (1)

But when your little sister
plays in your footsteps and stumbles

drowning in the laughter of the crowd

Smile

No

Bite Bitch

Bite Bitch

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