Damage – John Radford

Submitted by John Radford on Tue, 30/01/2018 - 19:30

Damage

I was mending and healing and feeling ok,
till you came along and wanted your say.
You told me, it seemed I was no good at all.
How could you be so insensitive, cold and so cruel.

Your words were like barbs sticking into my heart,
I wanted to fight back but didn’t know where to start.
 I was hurting so much, deep down inside,
that I wanted to run I wanted to hide.

Those words kept echoing around in my head,
they were with me all day and I took them to my bed.
They constantly tortured me condemning my soul,
that I wondered if ever I could somehow feel whole.

You could never imagine the damage that was done,
by the intensity of fire that you spat from your tongue.
The way it burned up my confidence, seared holes in my trust,
and left me in ashes of self pity, broken and bust.

But I can still love you despite all that you do,
those hurtful words and the pain you put me through.
But I have been given grace to take all that you give,
and a love in my heart to keep on loving you with.

Copyright © 2017 John Radford

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