I know what its like to feel pain
I know what its like to be in the pouring rain
I know what its like to have every mistake pointed out
I know what its like to be kicked when I am at my lowest
I know what its like to be understood
And I know what its like to be alone

I know what its like to be a wreck
I know what its like to be unstable on my own two feet
I know the unkindness of judgement
I know the feeling of abondonment
I know what its like to take all the blame
And I have learnt to keep everything inside

I know the heartache of death
I know the emptiness of heartbreak
I know the unkindness of abuse
I know the cruelty of lost hope
And I have felt the despair of unworthiness

But you will never know what its like for me
Because I know what it takes to put on a brave face and a fake smile
I know what it takes to be okay.
Do you?

— by Xolelwa