Self-Possessed

verbose, smokes profusely
loud, opinionated
an odd duck
desperate to fit in
or for the illusion of
popularity
enjoys being thought of
is crass in his depictions of women
speaks openly about
his mistreatment of others
quick to argue
is angered easily

a charismatic thief
betrayed my companionship
helped himself to my things
to persons
in whom i had a long-established
trust
he deceived in my name
tread on my honor
with callow accountability
still
i felt somehow
obligated
to him

though i had lost
all i had sought to replace
and with time
i had

he came around again
i couldn’t refuse
like a manic-depressive
addicted
to the solitary destruction
that consumes as a shadow
yet soothes
like the deep sleep
desired
by the
exhausted

© Emerys Watchel, 2017 All rights reserved.

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