ALMOST

“Look what you made me do,

What have you done,boo?

The blame is on you!

Oh, you know this is true.

I’ve never tried this before,

Never, ever, never, ever,

I am one who always ignores,

You pushed me way too far.

You do not deserve love –

Love of any kind,

Everything about you sucks!

Who will want you, now?

Better believe it darling!

You are such a bad person,

Without me, you are nothing!

Hope you take this as a lesson!

Well, the bright side is this,

I love you, yea, you’re lucky!

Your lips I still want to kiss

‘Cause I find forgiveness easy.

No one can love you so dearly,

That is why your heart belongs to me,

No one, no one can, my honey,

That is why you are stuck with me.”

Said the abuser when he returned,

After she’d nursed her bruises,

After she’d counted all her scars,

After she’d almost made up her mind.

Her bags, she unpacked,

And made excuses on his behalf,

Forgetting he never really apologised,

At the junction of Almost, she turned right back.

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  1. Abuse victims go through a range of stages of emotions. Your poem depicts one of them, My wife endured that in her first marriage, and wrote book of poems about the experience, “In My Shoes” by Lyn Crain. If you can find a copy, you might appreciate it.

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  2. Omo, the more we tell our own story, whether in prose or poetry or art or music or dance, the more it gives light to others to do the same themselves. I love your poem, Almost. Even the title holds the hopeful ambivalence that your writer holds in her decision-making.

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