The Other

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Religion and Spirituality  |  House: IMCisneros
I wish I knew that I was 100% certain I'd never have to write about my abusive ex-stepmom. I want nothing more than to accept my mother-in-law as "mom," and to believe her when she says "I see you as a/my daughter."

Alas, we are human. We are in a constant state of motion, and ever evolving.

Submitted: September 01, 2019

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Submitted: September 01, 2019




The Other




It hurts just like the first time.


Quietly arguing

That I’m immoral,


I don’t believe,

So it makes sense

That I’m not a


daughter –

Just a monster.

My identity crisis is over;

It only cost me my “mother.”

What’s my purpose in life

Now that I’m the “other”?


I only ever wanted to help

Those who cannot save themselves –

Expose the monsters

That vie for their mind,

Because most don’t want to die.

I help them save their life –

Show them their own power

To help free them from their mind’s lies.


It still hurts like the first time.

Invalidated, dehumanized.

Voices of the past

Reverberate in my mind.

Still in disbelief.

Is this reality?

I never left,

But, to her, I’m damned.

I have no purpose –

I am the “other.”


When will it be enough?

Also, it seems your knife got stuck.

My heart will no longer beat for you;

You withdrew your conditional love.

“You’re like a daughter to me.”

“I want my daughter back.”

I never left –

You abandoned me!,

For lacking belief.

In truth, you never really loved me.


My purpose will always be

To help “the others” in need.

They have a purpose,

Despite our differing beliefs.

Love does not keep count –

They’ll never owe me.

I have but one condition:

Show the same to more of “the other” – unconditional love.

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