The Corner 

I hope you feel powerful now 

for taking a low blow to my heart.

I hope you feel bigger than the smallness 

you were always running from 

when no one was around to save you

except for me. 

But that’s all forgotten now. 

I never existed. 

I was lost somewhere between the truth 

and the day you forgot how to tell it. 

I was put in the corner 

of where your dirty lies 

collected the dust 

from that smile everyone believes in. 

I know the feeling 

because I once believed it too. 

Until you covered me 

in the lies I can’t scrub away, 

and it feels disgusting 

to be this dirty. 

But I won’t let it bury me

in the ugliness that mirrors your heart. 

That’s never who I’ll be. 

I hope you never feel the cold 

of losing everything 

while everyone smiles 

and continues living 

like nothing ever happened. 
-Stephanie Bennett-Henry

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