Why I Stayed

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: September 09, 2018

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I gave you life 

 

Pried your eyes open 

 

Freed you from the self-loathing you'd been drowned in 

 

Covered you with my skin

 

So that yours, like mine, would be thick 

 

I cooled your blood 

 

Removed your fear

 

Gave you room to blossom

 

To discover courage

 

I matured you in places where your inner child screamed 

 

Teaching you to be leveled in a world that would constantly test and vex you 

 

Earth of my Earth 

 

I watered you 

 

Massaged your soil with ungloved hands 

 

How dare you think you'd grow without me 

 

Grow past me for someone else to pick you 

 

To enjoy you from seed to beauty

 

You were mine to nurture 

 

In my ground 

 

I kept you even as your petals discolored and fell through seasons 

 

Continuing to encourage regeneration

 

Because I stripped you of your reluctance 

 

Me 

 

I split with you the very energy that was always just supposed to be all mine 

 

I found myself finally selfless 

 

In love 

 

Inside of you

 

So I'll be damned if I let us wither and die


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