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Do you define yourself only
by the shape of those stains
that you cannot scrub off?
Are you the sum total of your miseries?

Are you more than a warning
of what parents should not do?
And while I realize that you have never triumphed

It seems to me your face has character
beyond the lines of defeat
something to offer
beyond this continuing