A stain on your shirt (poem)

People don’t treat you the same when there’s a stain on your shirt

They look at you funny or not at all

Empty stares, no one cares

Avoidance is the action that does the most hurt

 

With flying colors the first impression passes

Until the stain reveals itself

Crimson stain, burdened pain

It’s hard to win after the doubt amasses

 

The rest of the shirt is wrinkle-free and fresh

But the blemish on the left is all that is seen

Big and dark, question mark

Take off the shirt and stand in the flesh

 

Not sure where the stain came from or how it got there

If one sees it, they all see it

Filthy clothes, now exposed

Some bleach is needed, you’re in disrepair

 

I’ll take care of it myself and make is less perverse

Cleaning and scrubbing, cleaning and scrubbing

Make it white, make it right

Oh hell, now I just made it worse

 

One strolls by who knows how to restore

Maybe the stain might finally come out

A shadow crosses, no more losses

Don’t pay me for the shirt, it’s been spoken for

 

People don’t treat you the same when there’s a stain on your shirt

With flying colors the first impression passes

The rest of the shirt is wrinkle-free and fresh

Not sure where the stain came from or how it got there

I’ll take care of it myself and make it less perverse

One strolls by who knows how to restore

 

They look at you funny or not at all

Until the stain reveals itself

But the blemish on the left is all that is seen

If one sees it, they all see it

Cleaning and scrubbing, cleaning and scrubbing

Maybe the stain might finally come out

 

Empty stares, no one cares

Crimson stain, burdened pain

Big and dark, question mark

Filthy clothes, now exposed

Make it white, make it right

A shadow crosses, no more losses

 

Avoidance is the action that does the most hurt

It’s hard to win after the doubt amasses

Take off the shirt and stand in the flesh

Some bleach is needed, you’re in disrepair

Oh hell, now I just made it worse

Don’t pay me for the shirt, it’s been spoken for

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