Played

Played by Valerie Parente

If you’re trying to be a playmate
don’t be surprised when he plays dumb
even though he knew every single day
he played with your feelings for the fun
This was always just a big game
and now its time for you to unplug.

– Valerie Parente (6-19-2020)

Playtime

Playtime by Valerie Parente

He doesn’t know how emotions work
that’s why he plays with mine
like building blocks
towering so high.
But if you’re going to toy with me
then make me your doll
because I’d rather feel pretty
than be built up to fall.

"Sugar" by Valerie Parente

– Valerie Parente (2-2-2020)