Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Flower

a man once told me love was hard
that both sides have to feed
a flower that grows from the soil
needs water, sun, and seed
both bodies shields from wind and hail
sometimes a heavy snow
i didnt fight that fight back then
but the man he seemed to know
that without the other on the west
the eastern shield would fall
he begged me tend the flower
but my heart would not at all

today i think about the flower
a stronger one, i know
a bloom i wouldnt hesitate
to shelter from the snow
but this flora is a different kind
its petals never die
it stands strong without a shield
its blossom lifted high
it needs no aid from him or i
complete all on its own
its roots and stem are mighty
its weak as heavy stone

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Remnants of an Avoided Past

He says I lack emotions.  He craves an explosion and searches for my fuse.  He presses buttons, digging for the crack in my facade.  But he doesn't know it's a facade.  He thinks I'm naturally cold and distant.  He doesn't realize that he is the thief of my emotions, that he is the shield to my expression.  I've submitted to his will, to his desires, to his threatening physicality a hundred times over.  And now the only power I feel coursing through my veins is the power to deprive him of my true self.  I will not tell him what I'm thinking.  I will not show him how I'm feeling.

...But after a stretch of time filled with unheeded "no's" and attempts to escape his firm grasp, I cannot help but break down.  My body is racked with sobs.  I cry uncontrollably and he holds me, telling himself he's comforting me.  Ignoring the fact that his ludicrous quest for emotion led me to this point.  Oblivious to the smirk of sick fulfillment that is painted across his face. 

Three years later, I ran out of tears.  And the only "gift" I could summon was that of fiery anger.  He played with dynamite seldom now.  But the memories remained.  And with them, the desire for vengeance.

Perhaps infidelity was a cowardly way to escape my hell.  Perhaps I was in league with the devil that day.  But in my mind, the means justified the result.  And DAMN, did it feel good to make him cry.