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Voices

Intro: The voices we hear from others in our earlier years (and sometimes even our later years), can become permanent voices within our own heads. These voices are the ones that tell us we’re failures, or that we can’t accomplish certain things, that we’re “stupid” for thinking a certain way or trying a particular thing. These voices can come from parents, teachers, siblings, peers, lovers, and even from strangers… until eventually they come from within. I wrote this piece as a way of facing those inner demons and casting out the voices. I still hear them on occasion, but I’ve learned, for the most part, to stand up to them and answer back (in a non-schizophrenic way).

“Voices”
Written by:
Wendi Friend

What were you thinking?

What will it take to get through that thick skull of yours?

You don’t get it, do you?

Jesus Christ, you’re never satisfied, are you?

What’s wrong with you?

What are you, dense?

Don’t you ever listen?

It’s a good thing you’re cute, ‘cause (taps head) you’re a little lacking in the smarts department, girl.

You should feel lucky that I even spend my time on you… and I don’t even know why I do it. I really don’t.

Do you have any idea what you’ve cost me? DO YOU?

What is it exactly you think you have to offer?

How can you even try to justify yourself?

What have you messed up this time?

What in the world gave you that crazy idea?

Are you insane? No, I’m serious… have you lost your fucking mind?

Don’t you give a damn about anyone besides yourself?

Are you really that fucking stupid?

Is that the best you can do?

What’s your excuse this time?

Do you have to ruin everything?

Please tell me you’re not serious.

What am I gonna do with you? (rolls eyes)

I don’t even know why I bother.

Why do you always have to complicate things?

Why can’t you just accept things the way they are?

What makes you think you’re so special?

Oh, you’re just full of yourself, aren’t you?

And that matters because….??

Do us all a favor, try not to think.

Can’t you do anything right?

Look at me when I’m talking to you.

Just get out of my face. I don’t even want to look at you right now.

How can you even stand to look at yourself?

You’d be lost without me.

You’d have nothing without me… so go ahead, keep pushing my buttons and I’ll put your ass right back where I found it.

The whole world doesn’t revolve around you, ya know.

What is your fucking problem?

Were you dropped on your head as a child?

Don’t think you can’t be replaced.

I just want to punch you! (Puts a hole in the wall instead)

Now look at what you’ve made me do. I hope you’re happy.

Are you fucking happy now? ARE YOU?

I had such high hopes for you… what a shame. (shakes head)

Are you trying to piss me off?

Are you proud of yourself?

For god’s sakes, would you just shut up for once?

What have you got to say for yourself now, huh? Mmm hmm. That’s what I thought.

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