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I was afraid to look into your eyes

For fear my light wouldn’t be enough

To combat the brazen darkness

You so lovingly gifted

As if you found more comfort

In being in your shoes

Than ones that actually fit


I remember the loudness of your love

It was suffocating

But I handcuffed myself to it

Only because I believed

That you would change

I abandoned the truth

And began to mate with your lies


I romped with them

Birthing your stillborns

Apologizing to the only one that survived

I let you hang me with your emotions

And beat me with your opinions

I lacked in your presence

Locking elbows with your antiquated dreams


I wanted you to complete me

Until she taught me

The power of subtraction

And suddenly division made sense

_________


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