All I wanted was to be accepted
by you, but you only tear me down. You
left me a hollow shell, precarious
rotten beams and crumbling bricks.
All I wanted was your friendship, but you
defaced me, shamed me, made me ugly with
your cruel words, your gloating words, your lame words.
You tattooed me with your disdain.
All I ever wanted was to be loved
by you, but you never wanted me. You
hated me, tormented me, ransacked me
of my dignity. You destroyed who I
was supposed to be. It’s not enough that
you’ve had me condemned; now I am destroyed,
and the weeds choke me from running away.
[March 7, 2010]