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The Stretch (Jadyne “Jay” Bell- New Orleans, LA)

I’m a rubber band to say the least
Moved and maneuvered into any make you imagine
Understand my limit better that I do

The dishes, the laundry, lunch and even dinner

Ask me to extend past my limits
Because I will, then retract into the praise you push upon me
I will humbly hide my given effort

With every extra task asked, my resilience gets thinner

Excellence is what some see
But few know the pressure and tension create when asked favors
Being broken is my biggest fear

Too much strain will pop me, and no one will care.

I should stay aware of my limit
And not overload myself by holding together everyone else’s stuff
Unappreciated success makes failure so easy

All the feats that I accomplish, it’s like they were never there.

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