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The Life I Knew

A Poem


I never saw myself as the victim.

I was the only life I knew.

I lived the life the cards had dealt me.

I wondered if it would one day be better.

Parents by name alone.

Offering little guidance and direction.

Too busy with their own lives and past demons.

Creating a wounded child who was lost a confused.

Sibling jealously, her wanting what little attention there was for herself.

My very existence was a burden to her.

The weight of disappointment and detest pushing me down.

I was doomed for happiness the moment I was born.

Breaking the cycle, the pattern of abuse and neglect.

That became my goal as I started my family.

I was trying to find my way, looking for healthy relationships.

I am doing my best to heal so that I can be a good role model.

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