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In a dusty old building with cloudy dark halls,
I travel up the broken elevator
To a brightly lit room with drawings on the walls.
Drawings of sunshine.
I flip through a stack of literary magazines.
I pick the skin around my nails until it bleeds.
I feel like a turtle running out of its shell.
None of this feels natural to me.
I wait for the woman with the fake smile,
With teeth as white as ice,
And eyes like hidden cameras.
I waste every dollar I have on being judged.