To My Abusive Ex: A Poem

I found it hard

To let you go

“Image of

Someone I Know”.


I see your eyes-

Narrowed slits,

Nostrils flared,

Fingers clenched.


I feel your bruising,

Crushing grasp.

I hear your words,

A whispered rasp.


“Why don’t you just die?”

You choked,

As you wrapped your hands

Around my throat.


I thought that I 

Would die that day.

If that’s what it took

To get away.


I was so angry at you

For what you did to me.

But time has passed,

Now I’m at peace.


I found it hardest

To forgive your father,

The cop- enforcer

Of law and order.


The things he knew 

That you had done,

Still he protected you,

His abusive son.


But I forgive you both,

And let it go;

I know you were suffering

In hells of your own.


We were each other’s company

That misery sought,

And remained together far longer

Than we ought.


Tonight, I release you-

I set you free.

May the angels keep you.

May you find your own peace.


7/12/17 AP


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