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April 26, 2012
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mama says
pull down your sleeves
they'll see, they'll see

but no-one's even looking

i say mama
tigers are proud and strong
and tigers show their stripes
so today i'm a tiger

and who says
i can't be a tiger
when razors made me fierce
and secrets kept me lonely

who says
i can't tiger-roar
when everything unsaid
ripped my throat raw

i made my stripes
with tiger-claws and tiger-teeth
so damned if i'm not a tiger
and damned if i won't roar

mama, i'm a tiger
mama, hear me roar
hush little tiger,
you're nearly extinct
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artisticallystupid Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Excuse me, but this is brilliant.
SoraLove Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Powerful and amazing!
Phantomtigers Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
wow this is.. extremely powerful :O
Morticia-Lynne Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Writer
I read this with my country friends voice in mind, she calls her mom mama and cuts alot.
It made me really hurt because I know nothings better for her still, as well as this sounds exactly like something she'd say.
Stunning work, powerful and emotional, and the description makes it heart breaking.
ilovetheapocalypse Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
fantastic. reminds me of one of my favorite songs.
haphazardmelody Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing. Captures...just all of that, perfectly.
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hi there! Just a note to let you know I've featured this piece in my 2012 showcase of literature: [link] :D
edibility Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist
This is such a beautiful way to talk about something that's belittled and misunderstood so often. Thank you.
faunbones Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful, relatable and very inspiring, thank you.
Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
Congratulations on the well-deserved DLD on such a powerful piece:heart:
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