You are not excluded.
We are not leaving you out.
Sure it could look that way
But there is no secret handshake
No judgement call.
It might seem like bravado
Like we know something you don’t
And that’s why we get along so well
And you feel different.
Truth is, we all feel different
But this is not a club you want to be part of
The bond we share, that we laugh about
It’s a burden
And that is why we can’t laugh about it with you
We do not seek to leave you standing on the sidelines
But none of us want to be in this club
We actually envy you
Because you don’t need us
You don’t need a crew to make your damage feel normal
We want to be on the outside too
But we’re not gonna dignify that with explanations
Those of us who’ve taken risks
Who’ve shared our realities
Have been disbelieved
Dismissed as dramatic
Laughed at and shamed
So, we don’t risk that
and instead we laugh together
with each other
at jokes you will never get.
Not because there’s anything wrong with you.
We are not laughing at you
We are laughing to stay alive
This is a survivors club
Read the papers, watch the news
Have you seen what happened to the girl who stopped laughing?