those tears
a cemented memory i can’t shake
i remember from that night
a quiver in the voice that harshly
berated me for simple things
mistakes i can never unmake
a tremble in the hands that bruised me
and gently caressed my face
and the width of those broad shoulders
folded up like discarded paper waste
i froze in place
demanding of myself
how could i
become the very thing i hate
who is this stranger wearing my skin
when ever did i sprout these fangs and claws
when was this monster born within?
i felt my being fracture
a big part of me felt guilty
i felt my soul rupture into two
a part of me giggled and gloated silently
why does this creature live in me?
i’m better off alone
no sanctuary left for me

Sumayyah Talibah © 8 September 2017

Sumayyah Talibah lives in Michigan with her husband, kids, cats, and piles of books. She makes jewelry and sips tea in between reading and reviewing anything with words. sumayyahsaidso.com

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