Walk Away by Yves K. Morrow

In the soles of your boots
I followed you, piecemeal, down the stairs.
Down and down you went
unaware that your cruelty held me hostage.
It's not an exaggeration
to say that you were a psychopath
and I am certain that there are others who suspected.

Only a shell could protect against your trespass
and I have one that would
make a mollusk weep with envy.
For years I was as empty as a widow's uterus
but in your absence I find myself filling with blood and air.
All that is vital, all that you withheld
is mine, at last, to feel.
I could never return to your side
knowing now what it is to live.

There’s a crawl space inside of me
just big enough for a clenched fist.
Within its clammy walls I keep
all my feelings, good and bad.
I wear this space as if it were a badge.
It is a point of pride that I survived you
and whatever comes next
I know that I shall be the better for it.

I have yet to unravel the scars
that you laid with each betrayal.
Sometimes it feels as if they are all that I am.
Then I remember that you are dead
and I take another faltering step forward.
I hope that in quietus you remember
the pain that you alone have inflicted
and I hope that it haunts you,
at least as long as you have haunted me. 
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About the Poet:

Yves K. Morrow lives in Sweden with her husband and soon-to-be teenage daughter. Mindlovemisery reflects on the subjects most extensively explored in her poetry. Mind – philosophy, psychology, mental illness, society / Love – loss, unrequited, infatuations and obsessions, sex, true love, new love, relationships of all sorts both dysfunctional and sublime / Misery – childhood trauma, depression, living with PTSD, the search for meaning, loneliness, spiritual dilemmas, grief, social ineptitude, etc. Aside from writing and inspiring others to write, Yves enjoys reading, training, dancing poorly, absurdity and sarcasm.

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