your voice all around me as my foundation cracked and split
you fed me empty promises stirring my lifeless heart
realizing far too late you were insincere, unaware, incapable
new hopes drying up and shriveling away
I let the bird out of its lonely cage so could see its mangled feathers
and you turned your face away at the sight
putting its solemn image on your mantle of indifference
never brave enough to feel the pain
your cruelty, a dull knife, slowly murdering my kindness.
your coldness, a hot iron, searing shut the entrance of my heart
so many times I looked in your eyes and knew you couldn’t see me
charging ahead to get what you wanted, what you needed
so easily leaving me in your dust, settling
I have brushed it all away now.