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The Monster Within

He sees self-hatred when he looks at his portrait
He remembers how terribly he has hurt others
She sees a nurturing soul, one who is supportive
She remembers when he brought her flowers of many colors

He accepts how he looks
He sees it as karma for his sins
She idolizes him like the hero in one of her romance books
For she sees the sins that were done unto him

She sees love when she looks in his eyes
For she knows how badly he wants to believe
He sees love mirrored back in her eyes
But doesn't perceive its significance; he is still too naive

Destroy the monster within
Or the monster will destroy him