Why did you stay so long
when we begged you to leave?
Do you wish you had listened
to us years ago when we told you
he scares us?
You stayed for your kids is what you
said in June,
But I secretly wonder if you stayed
because you were scared too.
But it's over now, he's gone
and long since moved out.
Do you think he knows I still
have nightmares that I wake up
Tell me why
Why did he always target me?
Why did he not like me the same
as my siblings? Because I'm like
his sister? That's bullshit.
I was just his punching bag, taking
hits for my siblings so they could be
But it's over now. And at least writing poetry
is cheaper than therapy.