Why do you stay and die daily
to men who are thunderous rage
and anger? Your sons and daughters
need you to find your wings and fly.

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Dead Ends…..

Don’t settle for men who are still
clinging to the breasts of another
and lovers who refuse to carry you
on their lips and caress your name
with softness, love, and admiration.
You will always find yourself  huddling
and broken under heavy sheets of pain.

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Mirror mirror on the wall…..

On those days I want to curse
the mirror for its reflection

I remind myself that without
hesitation I peeled away my

skin, slipped out of it for you
and stitched myself back together

with the threads of self hate
my feet were a journey of sadness

I was lost under the weight
of your disapproving eyes

treated as nothing more than
a footnote on the pages of

your book, and I am no longer
asking permission to love myself

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