Stay With Me

My mother calls me "sweety",

My father calls me "princess",

Strangers call me "sweetheart"

And you call me what you want.

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Sometimes you call me "sweetling",

Or maybe even sweetheart,

But most of the time it's "darling"

said with all your heart.

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Despite the endearing words you say,

Or how beautiful you believe me to be,

I look into the mirror each day

And hate is what I see.

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My reflection shows a broken girl

With a broken heart in her hands,

And eyes that never cease to cry

Since no one understands.

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I cling to the love I feel for you

Like a child to a teddy bear,

Afraid that if I lose my grip,

I'll find that you aren't there.

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I admit I can be stubborn

With sometimes selfish intent;

I cut you apart with unfair words

That I never even meant.

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Yet somehow you still love me

Despite the hurt I've given

You. No matter what I do,

You say that I'm forgiven.

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I hope you know I care for you,

And that no matter what I say,

Or how much I want you to leave

My heart hopes that you'll stay.