The anger you formed in me
could ignite a thousand fires
and yet I smother it
down to a glowing ember.
I refuse to hurt another
in the name of pain
just like you.
I turn my pain into art,
plant a garden around the fire pit
and create life
in a place you left a dessert
like the dry mouth cries I wept
for someone to save me.
You left me in quicksand
but I refused to sink.
I found shelter
in the shade of empathic arms
that help me keep the fires at bay
and never more than a smolder.
One day, I’ll suffocate the ember too
and be free, wiser and older.
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