The State of the Union
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In the waning days of a stifling summer, capping off a miserable year of school, Gem is in need of some soul-searching. He starts another entry in a vast journal that maybe one day he’ll let somebody else read.
Do you feel trapped by your insecurities?
Pressured to know, in this very moment, who you’ll grow to be?
Do you need to withdraw, analyze, and evaluate
But they say answer now or you’ll be too late?
I can’t go on like this, despondence consumes the bliss
A demoralizing state of the union
I’ve tried so hard to be what the world wants of me
Yet I still don’t seem to fit
The state of the union is bleak
Are you confused, pulsating with rage?
Lustful and restless, afraid to turn the page?
Are you scared of the beast within, do you try to hold it back?
Do you find the more you keep it inside, the more it wants to attack?
I don’t challenge convention, don’t want the attention, but I’m a black sheep by design
So I don’t confide, I keep it all inside, and you keep thinking that everything’s fine
In learning to swim and flow with the tide I lost myself along the way
He lays bare in the dark somewhere and won’t likely live through the day
The cries grow fainter with each passing hour
I have to go before it’s too late