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A free verse poem

By Real PoeticPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
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I was stuck.

I could’ve moved,

but I was worried I’d shatter.

I should’ve instructed

my thoughts to scatter.

Instead, I was crushed

by your words.

I was haunted by a man

who didn’t even put me third.

Your inconsistencies

left me suspiciously


I knew I was being used.

And I stayed.

I knew I had to go,

but still I prayed for things

to go back to the way they were.

You weren’t who you portrayed,

yet I continued to wait for your

facade to return.

I soon learned it

was all an act.

Your heart was never

in tact to love another.

It took sometime to uncover

what you really are…

A monster.

That crept underneath

my bed to mess with my head.

I hate that I allowed

you so close to me.

Your access is denied.


Author’s note: I wrote this in response to RM Stockton’s prompt, “The monster under your bed.” Click here to learn more about his writing club.

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Real Poetic

Welcome to my imagination. ✨

I write what I want, whenever I want.

Thanks for reading!

-R.P. ❤️

Instagram: @therealpoetic

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  • Donna Fox (HKB)4 months ago

    RP this was so well written and concisely said! It was relatable and emotional!! I love that this is an entry for RM's challenge too! Great work!

  • This was so incredible! It’s an amazing description of the difficulties of leaving a bad situation… or a situation turned bad. I think many people think “just leave it’s easy” but most times it isn’t. This was so well done!

  • Novel Allen4 months ago

    Oh yes, I know those monsters, met one myself. I keep saying narcissism is alive and well. Guard your heart well, they are masters of the game. Tomorrow, restart tomorrow. Sad, lovely poetry.

  • Grz Colm4 months ago

    Love this and the crept underneath my bed imagery!! Terrific work.

  • Lamar Wiggins4 months ago

    Ugh!!! These situations are haunting! Great entry that pulls at the anger strings.

  • Dariusz 4 months ago

    Well written! ❤️

  • This was extremely relatable! I'm so sorry you had to experience this as well. Sending you lots of love and hugs 🥺❤️

  • I'm sorry. I didn't mean to be hiding under bed, but I guess that would demonstrate how lacking in tact I am. Good job, Real.

  • Tommy Ballard4 months ago

    Such a raw and powerful poem, great job!

  • Kendall Defoe 4 months ago

    Well said!

  • Steel4 months ago

    Your writing inspires me😌

  • This is such a fantastic poem, filled with raw pain and powerful emotions. RP, you routinely deliver poems with a real punch, and this is no exception. Fantastic entry! I am blown away by the quick response.

  • Cathy holmes4 months ago

    This is great. I especially love the ending.

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    This is beautiful...raw and honest. I say that a lot, I feel, about your work, RP. but, it's so true. I knew where this was going from the outset...but it was exquisite. Such powerful use of well-chosen and sparse words. The line "I was haunted by a man who didn’t even put me third." especially stood out. Great entry!

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