Stay Quiet

"Just cheer up."

"I don't want to talk about this."

"I don't want to have this conversation right now."

"I need you to be nicer."

When speaking up results in being shot down,

Being critiqued,

Being told I'm wrong,

Getting replies that indicate

All I did was ruin their days,

Then it's no wonder

That I've just stopped talking.

I'll keep my head down,

Remain silent,

Keep it inside,

Bottle it up,

And hope it goes away

So I don't upset anyone else,

Even if it makes everything worse;

One day I'll boil over

Or simply implode from the inside

And destroy myself completely.