i lifted you up


i lifted you up

to walk the earth with me

i thought that i could save

the better part of you

but you jumped back

without a parachute

into that vast canyon

of self-loathing

i wasn’t the enemy

i wasn’t the jail keeper

i wasn’t the grave digger

it wasn’t i who rued your birth

it wasn’t i who wished you dead

and still that cold bitch haunts your head

and chases all the girls away

you swam in her vomit until you drowned

i’m glad i kept my feet above ground

©2009 rhonda lee richoux (dedicated to my ex-husband JGF)

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