Giving Back AKA Return to Sender.

Dsc02480by Michelle Seyner20 Sep 2019

Each word that painted my sky black,
I give it back. I give it back -

Each syllable that ever hurt,
I give it back, word for word -

Each word I crumbled under, as a child,
each word that made sure I never smiled -

Each word aimed to mutilate,
each syllable searing with hate -

Each word that made me love me less,
each word that made me powerless -

Each word that deepened my despair,
each word woefully unfair -

Each word that left me less than whole,
each word that bled and drained my soul -

of all these words, I bore the weight,
lost basic trust and basic faith -

Each word that painted my sky black:
to you who said it, I give it back -

for I am wounded, sad, and weary,
and all your words are YOURS to carry.

20 September 2019.
Michelle Seyner.